A DeKalb County police detective sergeant, Steven J. Dean, 46, ranks fitness and healthy living high on his list to keep strong for both his challenging job and his rewarding work mentoring at-risk youths.
Has your perception of 40 changed?
I thought 40 would feel old—but I’m really in my prime! Positive energy and a healthy diet preserves youth.
How do you give back to the community?
I’m committed to mentoring at-risk youth. I’ve worked on teams with my fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, as well as with the Victory for the World Church, coordinating gang summits to connect law enforcement with concerned parents, community leaders and gang members. The goal is to inform the community and deter crime in neighborhoods, as well as to give young teens an opportunity to be successful and productive.
What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work?
I have been blessed to have a great family and group of friends. I want to help others have a chance to make their dreams come true through hard work and perseverance. I think of my mother’s favorite quote, “By the Grace of God, there go I.”
Who helps you be your “best self”?
So many great people support me: Atlanta Track Club, Orange Theory Northlake, Stone Mountain Cycling, my fitness advisor Cliff Boyce, Dr. Kyle Hammond, Dr. Dexter Innis, and Angela Dean, director of The Joshua Generation.
What advice do you give those not yet 40?
Keep God first, smile often, dance in the mirror, avoid negativity, laugh often, eat clean, help others, work out daily, dream big and wear something that fits!
To see the complete list of 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners check out the June digital issue.