About Us

Grow 2B Fit

image44

Grow 2B Fit is a Tucson-based 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to combat childhood obesity through nutrition and exercise education, mentor-ship and community outreach.


Grow 2B Fit was founded in 2010 and has been serving Tucson families ever since!  Our biggest projects have been the creation of the Recipe for a Healthy Family program and helping Apollo Middle School renovate their old home-ec kitchen in to the amazing teaching kitchen it is today!

Jessica Schultz, Founder

image45

  Jessica has been a general pediatrician at Children’s Medical Center of Tucson for the past 12 years. In 2010, due to growing concern about the number of overweight and obese children she was seeing in her clinic, she founded the Grow 2B Fit Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Through Grow 2B Fit, she has had the privilege of working with many families who are committed to changing the lives and health of their children, as well as many amazing volunteers who are passionate about children’s health and curbing the obesity epidemic. She lives with her husband and two dogs and loves running, yoga, meditation and swimming.     

Shook Yap, Vice President

image46

Dr. Shook Yap is a pediatrician at Children’s Medical Center of Tucson. Before coming to Tucson, she was in a pediatric residency program in Phoenix, AZ, where she was involved in starting a childhood obesity project, ‘GET HIP’ in her last residency year. When she joined Children’s Medical Center of Tucson in 2010, her interest in childhood obesity continued to grow with Grow 2b Fit Foundation. She hopes to help this generation of young, enthusiastic children fight childhood obesity through Grow 2b Fit. She is married, with two children.  Her favorite pastimes are swimming, running, zumba and dancing. She enjoys camping, biking & hiking with her family.  

Our Instructors

Courtney Nielsen, Executive Director, Fitness Instructor & Cooking Instructor

image47

Courtney is a certified trainer, but also an awesome chef with a fantastic blog, fitcakery.com, as well as a protein powder cookbook which is amazing!  Whether she is leading cooking class or getting everyone moving with Zumba, she is always energetic and  encouraging!