Sixty-five percent of adults in Georgia are clinically obese or overweight. News flash: that’s over half of us. That’s getting dangerously close to three quarters of us. Yikes. We [Americans] are as unhealthy as we have ever been. Obesity and chronic disease run rampant, especially here in the South, where—let’s face it—we kind of love to eat. We do our best to make smart food choices and exercise, which we can’t always be perfect at given our hectic schedules and lives on the go. So what do we do? Is there an easier way to prevent the diseases that so often come with our modern lifestyles? Food=Medicine >>
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? >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Health Initiative is on a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of Georgia’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community. The Atlanta-based nonprofit offers health education and screenings, support, access to care, training for healthcare providers and advocacy. They’re Georgia’s voice for LGBTQ health, so for this week’s Friday Five, so we went to their voice (the voice’s voice… huh?… just roll with it), Health Initiative Executive Director Linda Ellis. Challenges and solutions >>
Every year, Georgia Gives Day raises money for good causes throughout the state. The initiative, created by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, encourages those whose lives have been touched by nonprofits (that’s pretty much everybody if you think about it) to donate to the cause of their choice. As of this writing, more than $1.7 million has been raised today for causes. Not sure which organization to donate to? The Georgia Gives website can help you choose, just click on the kind of cause you’d like to support. There are options relating to the arts, animals, kids, economic development, the environment, religion, disaster relief, homelessness, education, health, human rights, science and technology, and more. Find your favorite nonprofit and spread the love! What cause are you supporting today?
Running and homelessness – it might seem like they go together like toothpaste and orange juice, but our friends at Back On My Feet think they’re more like peas and carrots. This national nonprofit uses running to transform the lives of homeless individuals. WellATL hit the pavement with Mandy Putnam, Director of Communications and Corporate Relations for the Atlanta chapter of Back On My Feet, for this week’s Friday Five.
22,286 miles and counting >>
Don’t tell the opposition, but beneath that rugged, intimidating exterior, our Atlanta Falcons have a soft side. Since 1985, the NFL team has been working to reduce childhood obesity and improve the fitness levels of Georgia’s kids through the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (AFYF). The philanthropic arm of the Falcons has dished out more than $20 million to nonprofits that share its mission of making kid healthier by increasing their physical activity and access to healthy, affordable food. Along the way, they helped more than 10,000 kids lose over 44,000 pounds of body fat in a single year. Take that, Biggest Loser. More than touchdowns and tackles >>