Do Well

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Young people across our communities desperately need a sense of belonging and self-confidence, and Atlantans can help make that a possibility in a mere 90 seconds this Saturday, September 26. The FitWit Foundation is hosting its third annual Pushup Throwdown: Pushup at the Pullman, their biggest fundraiser of the year, to help fund their flagship program, FitWit Club. How many pushups can you throw down? >>

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Nearly 200 Atlanta veterans are gathering this Saturday, September 5, to march the Atlanta Beltline in teeny tiny shorts (otherwise known as silkies) and combat boots. But it’s all for a good cause, of course. It is estimated that nearly 22 veterans commit suicide each day. The Silkies Hike was born just a few months ago in San Diego, founded by retired Marine Captain Donny O’Malley, who served in Afghanistan. He held the belief that if veterans have the opportunity to come together to talk about their unique experiences, then they are better able to access the resources they need to acclimate back to civilian life. About the Silkies Hike >>

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You don’t have to be the crunchy granola type to understand why preserving the earth is a pretty important task — after all, we live here. On April 22, 1970, a bunch of earth lovers got together for the first Earth Day celebration, kicking off the modern environmental movement. It’s 45 years later and now more than 1 billion people will observe this global civic holiday. Don’t be left out! There are lots of ways to promote healthy communities, support environmental activism, and make our little patch of earth – Atlanta – a greener place to live. Check out these activities and Earth Day celebrations around town. Did we miss any? Let us know your plants for Earth Day 2015.

Go green! >>

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Subscription boxes are hot. And why wouldn’t they be? It’s so much fun to go to the mailbox and find a little box of surprise goodies rather than the usual stack of bills and junk mail. If you’ve never explored the world of subscription boxes, you might be surprised to find what you can have delivered to your doorstep — socks, gourmet dog treats, barbecue sauces, makeup, craft supplies, shaving products, you name it. They’re convenient and fun, but not all of them are healthy (monthly box o’ cookies, anyone?). That’s why we were excited to try a Good Habit Box, a brand-new Atlanta-based subscription service that delivers single-serving snacks, teas, protein shakes, and breakfast foods for busy people. As an added bonus, Good Habit donates one meal to a child in need for every box purchased.
What’s in the box?! >>

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It’s tough to expect kids to have an active and healthy lifestyle when we’re serving them a rectangular piece of cheese pizza, some sugary canned fruit cocktail, a cookie, and a carton of milk for lunch five days a week. Yet that’s exactly what a lot of schools are still doing. (At least in the U.S. — check out these fascinating images of school lunches around the world if you have some spare time.) Georgia Organics is changing that with its Farm to School program, and yesterday, The James M. Cox Foundation announced that it would be providing a $250,000 grant to help bring healthy food to Georgia’s students.
How many students can this help? >>

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Atlantans should never take for granted how fortunate we are to have some of the nation’s top medical facilities in our backyard. But for those who have to travel here to get treatment for a child, the combined cost of accommodation and high medical bills can be too much to bear. Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) alleviates that problem by providing affordable or free temporary housing for families with children who are being treated at metro hospitals.
Check out the new facility >>

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Whether you insist that Valentine’s Day is a holiday devised to make money for the evil corporate overlords at Hallmark or you spend your entire day surrounded by rose petals and oversized plush puppies clutching hearts, one thing is for sure: Valentine’s Day 2015 is a great day to run in support of a worthy cause. It’ll do your heart good… no matter what your stance is on overpriced prix fixe dinners. Here are five ways to help a good cause and get some miles in at the same time. <3 <3 <3 >>

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For over a decade, groggy Decaturites have woken on one Saturday morning every year to discover that their downtown area has been overtaken by hordes of runners, thousands of people grinning as they shuffle through the morning cold. What are all of those people doing? Are those kids running too? And why are they up so darned early? They’re running the Tour deCatur, of course! For this week’s Friday Five, WellATL fell in step with Gail Rothman, Executive Director of the Decatur Education Foundation, to learn more about this popular Atlanta area race and the great organization it benefits.

Find out where all that money goes and what it takes to put on a race of this size… >>

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Let’s play a game of pretend. What if you had to be a middle or high schooler today? Before you start screaming, “No! Never again!” think on it. Would you be the type who loves gym class and plays all the sports? Or, would you do everything possible to avoid making a sweaty appearance in your next class? If you answered “the second one” (and oh, me too!), then you’d be the ideal student for The FitWit Foundation, an Atlanta nonprofit that uses its after-school club to create communities of healthier, more confident kids. (Disclosure: WellATL’s publisher Josh Guerrieri is vice president of the FitWit Foundation.) WellATL chatted with The FitWit Foundation’s Executive and Program Director Megan Gilroy for this week’s Friday Five. Read more >>