While it may sound ‘hipster’ of me to claim “listening to NPR’s Morning Edition” as part of my daily morning routine, I have been an enthusiastic (well not always enthusiastic – growing up my step-father FORCED me to listen to NPR on the way to school every day even when we requested the pop music station) listener for most of my life now. I especially enjoy listening to NPR while I get dressed for work, so in between my usual 6-7 mile morning run and stretching this morning, I was so excited to hear the story, Nonprofit Gym Helps Low-Income Community Get Fit, shared with us, listeners.
I am not going to give away much in this post because I think the story is much more powerful and effective heard through the women that this incredible foundation, Healthworks Foundation for Women, has impacted. I would encourage our readers to take a few minutes to listen about the way this particular foundation is giving back through supporting a fit and active lifestyle for low-income women. As someone (and most of us) who have such easy and safe access to gyms, beautiful trails for running, biking, hiking, a pool for swimming – I (we) often forget how lucky we are to have the resources to stay healthy. I can’t even imagine living somewhere I couldn’t get up and run 6 miles out my front door and not worry about my safety. The gift of health and activity is amazing and I only hope that programs like what Healthworks has done will continue to prosper all over the nation. Why should only the rich and affluent have resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle?