Monday, January 5, 2009
4 This Year, "Adopt A Runner" &/Or Become One Yourself!
I'd like to challenge the people who read this blog to be a positive "catalyst" to help others improve the quality of their lives -- and helping others to become healthier is at the center of it all.
Of course, as you know, one of the most powerful ways to do this is to first embody the essence of this change in yourself. That's where it all starts.
After all, Gandhi's famous quote, "Be the change you want to see in the world," applies to health as well! :)
If you'd like to receive support & encouragement towards this endeavor, I encourage you to join our "Healthy Eating Initiative" & "Thirteen Weeks To A Healthier You" programs over at JustFinish.com. If you'd like to find out more about these programs, you can also read the following articles & also visit Running Hoosier's blog. Also, please check out Running Hoosier's Facebook cause of the same name. All proceeds raised for this cause will benefit "Generation Excel", a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which "provides assistance to overweight adults & children in the form of fitness programs, weight-loss camp sponsorships and educational material." They also "provide grants for obesity research."
More specifically, "Generation Excel" sponsors the following endeavors:
--Weight Loss Camp Sponsorships: Generation Excel "makes it possible for 5-10 children per summer to attend a life-changing camp."
--Educational Materials: They are "producing a DVD which will provide education and support to parents of overweight children."
--Re-introduction of School-based Physical Fitness Programs: Generation Excel is starting a pilot program in Boston that will put physical education back in schools which have had to cut those programs."
These excellent projects are certainly something worth supporting!
And then, while you are working towards this change within yourself, the next step is of course to genuinely give of yourself, by passing on that passionate spirit, the inner fire of motivation, onto others!
A person can start by doing something as simple as offering to share their wellness/fitness knowledge with others, to build awareness & light a spark within someone else.
People can start small, & start locally. Even helping a friend or family member counts. Little gestures can be just as powerful as the grand ones. You don't have to be canonized as a saint, (like Mother Teresa), to make a difference. :)
We can all "pay it forward" in one way or another, "doing our bit" to help the cause!
So, I'd like to encourage all fellow runners to "adopt" a runner (or two!) this year.
Getting others interested in running, &/or helping them to improve their own health/fitness state, can be as simple as talking about the sport you love, about why you love it so much, what it's given you, & what it can give to others. Genuine enthusiasm is so powerful & infectious!