Our Mission

Shape Up Houston is a local 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to helping Houstonians get healthy and lose a million pounds. It was founded in 2012 by Lan Bentsen with a mission to increase awareness and encourage action around the unsustainable level of obesity and its impact on the health and well being of our community.

Our Products

Individual Health Tracker: Shape Up Houston offers FREE online health trackers and health challenges to individuals and the community. Learn more about our Individual Health Tracker.

Employer Wellness Program: Shape Up Houston offers low cost wellness programs for companies looking to improve employee health and productivity. Our program will complement and enhance existing wellness programs or serve as the primary wellness program for companies that do not have one in place. Learn more about our Employer Wellness Program.

Our Team

Lan Bentsen
Founder & Chairman

Lan Bentsen is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in national real estate development and international oil and gas. He has served on the board of directors for four publicly traded companies, is a graduate of Harvard Business School, a member of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) and the former chair of the Houston Chapter of the World PresidentÔÇÖs Organization (WPO). The son of Texas U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, Lan was raised with a strong sense of public service and altruism. He is a strong believer that good health is good business. Lan has extensive experience with public health campaigns.

He is a former, March of Dimes National Birth Defects Foundation Trustee. He was a member of the Harris County Infant Mortality Task Force where he conceived and led campaign that reduced infant mortality by 50%. He was a member of the Texas GovernorÔÇÖs Select Committee for Medicaid and Family Services which achieved a 33% statewide reduction. In his current role as Vice Chairman of the ChildrenÔÇÖs Defense Fund, Lan conceived and led innovative drive to enroll 818,000 children in the StateÔÇÖs Children Hospital Insurance Program reducing uninsured youth from 21% to 13%.

Laurie R. Lee
COO & Worksite Wellness Programming Director

Laurie R. Lee has worked over 25 years with corporate worksite wellness professionals to help their employees become healthier. Laurie founded InterFit Health in 1989 to provide health screening services to individuals, mainly through their employers and retailers around the country. In 1995, the Fitness Management division was created to develop and manage employer sponsored fitness centers. The two divisions were split into two separate companies in 2000, with InterFit Health becoming RediClinic, one of the largest providers of convenient medical care through clinics in retail grocery/pharmacy stores. In addition to her role at Shape Up Houston, Laurie runs InterFit Health & Fitness Company, which designs and develops employee and tenant fitness facilities.

Laurie served in several executive roles on the Board of Directors of The Houston Wellness Association (now known as Houston Business Coalition on Health) and was the Worksite Wellness Conference Chairman for 2008 and 2010. Laurie earned a BA with Honors from the University of Texas, and a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from University of Houston.

Jonathan H. Lack
Marketing & Strategic Planning Advisor

Jonathan H. Lack is Founder of Wellnicity.com and Principal of ROI Ventures LLC, a strategic planning advisory services boutique. He has extensive health & wellness sector experience. During the summer and fall of 2010, Lack served as a strategic planning consultant to the Houston Endowment regarding a Harris County/City of Houston childhood obesity initiative that served as the genesis of Healthy Living Matters. Lack was also the founding Executive Director of the Houston Wellness Association from April 2007 - June 2010 and serviced on its board until September 2012. Lack also served on the Executive Council of former Mayor Bill WhiteÔÇÖs Wellness Council (2004-2009). He also founded Cardeo, the first consumer wellness expo and medical conference focusing on the prevention of heart disease (August 2003-September 2004).

Jonathan earned his MBA from the Wharton School, a MA from Johns Hopkins UniversityÔÇÖs School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Plan to Turn Your Company Around in 90 Days, Apress, July 2013.

Margaret Justus
Director of Communications

Margaret Justus has 25 plus years of communications experience including seven years in television news working as a reporter, anchor, producer or assignments editor. Margaret currently leads Justus Communications, a Houston-based public relations and public affairs small business She has served as the Communications Director for a number of Texas campaigns including Texans for Tier One in 2009 which put seven Texas colleges on the path to becoming Tier One Universities including the University of Houston. Margaret is a volunteer board member for the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park, the Advisory Board of the Houston Park Conservancy and was elected to serve on the Southampton Civic Club Board. Justus served on the Executive Board of the Austin American Heart Association where she helped pass the cityÔÇÖs first public smoking ban.

Margaret earned her BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas and played competitive tennis, basketball and volleyball in high school. She remains an avid Houston runner and enjoys competing in area 5Ks.

Elyse Heob
Program Manager

Elyse Heob comes to Shape Up Houston with a strong background in public health and chronic disease prevention. She previously completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she led a number of successful community health programs in the Houston area. Most recently, she helped to lead the Houston chapter of the National Healthy Worksite Program. Her prior research on medical tourism, US/Mexico migration, and West Nile Virus has been shared across journals, in trade publications, and at national conferences.

Elyse graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona in Pre-medical Sciences and Latin American Studies. She is excited about expanding Shape Up Houston to reduce obesity and make Houston a healthier place.