My name is Papa Joe Aviance. I’m a Health and Wellness Advocate, Recording artist, Producer and Clothing Designer. I started off my acting career years ago when I weighed a hefty 450 lbs. My most prominent features were a Disney commercial and The Dave Chappelle Show. I was also doing music at the time and was featured in my first music video, “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” with Lula, which hit #6 on the Billboard Magazine Dance Charts. I did not like my body or the way that I appeared in the video and decided that it was time to lose the weight that I had been carrying around for years! I started walking and I haven’t stopped. In 18 months, I successfully lost over 250 lbs. I did this all naturally by walking and shopping at The 99 Cents Only Stores. Because of this, I have been featured on local and national shows such as, Live BIG with Ali Vincent, Rachael Ray (recurring), The Doctors, Good Morning America and Home and Family. I’m also the recipient of the 2013 Lifestyle Change Award from the American Heart Association.
I am dedicated to helping and motivating others towards living a healthier life. The reason why I feel so passionately about this is because I was once extremely unhealthy. I realized that because of my behavior and diet I was not only putting my health at risk, but was damaging my mental health as well. And if I can do it, SO CAN YOU!