Adrienne L. Corder, MMS, MBA, PA
Central Wellness Centers, Inc. & Corder Pounders Youth Fitness
When Adrienne Corder was 33 years old, she changed gears in her medical career and returned to school to study to become a physician assistant because she wanted to do more to help young people battling obesity. The former genetic researcher graduated from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in 2016 and was hired in 2017 as a physician assistant and clinical coordinator at the Children’s Medical Care Center in Bowie.
Corder created the medically-based Corder Pounders Youth Fitness program in 2003 to combat childhood obesity. “I was working in a pediatric office and noticed that young children were gaining weight at a rate that was out of control,” she said. “I asked parents what we could do to help and decided to develop the program.”
The program, with sessions on physical fitness, nutrition counseling and mental health support, has worked with more than 300 children, she said. “I have always been determined to make a difference in the community any way I can, and the program has proven that with support, hard work and a dedicated family, we can change children’s health.”