Make Your Steps Matter with the Steps Foundation Team Competition

March 15th is an important day for professional runners Ryan and Sara Hall. The fleet-footed couple will compete in the USATF Marathon Championships at the L.A. Marathon, an event that will mark Sara’s highly anticipated marathon debut. But Ryan and Sara are more than just runners. The husband and wife team are also founders of the Hall Steps Foundation, a nonprofit movement that has turned their remarkable running into a tool to fight global poverty through better health. Sunday, March 15th will mark the beginning of the first Hall Steps Foundation team competition.

High school and collegiate teams throughout the nation have the opportunity to make their steps matter by fighting global poverty as part of their daily training routine. Athletes will seek out supporters to make monetary pledges by the mile, up to a predetermined amount (see FAQs for details).

Miles will be tracked and sponsor dollars accumulated through Frundraise, a fundraising website where runners log miles to raise money for their favorite organizations. Donations to the Steps Foundation team competition will go toward a clean water project in Ethiopia. To see a list of other projects Steps has sponsored, visit the What’s We’ve Done page.

Logging miles to fight poverty is a simple way to make your miles matter, but what makes this a competition?

Each participating team will have it’s own webpage set up through Frundraise, where miles and monies will be tracked and charted weekly. The team that raises the most funds during the competition wins a visit and practice with everyone’s favorite Olympian and American record holder, Ryan Hall!

The eight-week competition will begin when Ryan crosses the finish line on Sunday, March 15th, and will end on Sunday, May 10th. Getting involved is as easy as emailing your team information toMyStepsMatter@TheStepsFoundation.org. More information can be found here.

Log miles, fight poverty. #MyStepsMatter

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Health-a-bet: F is for… Feast!

Thanksgiving is here, which means family, football, and food. Lots and lots of food. Since probably anyone taking the time to read this is health conscious, Thanksgiving is the oxymoron of holidays. Healthy eaters celebrating by taking in 3,000-4,000 calories of sugary potatoes, meat doused in gravy, and pie covered in whipped cream seems more frightening than festive, but it’s the holidays, so it’s just what we do, right?

Right. And wrong.

Holidays are celebrated with an abundance of food for those of us lucky enough to afford it. And there is nothing wrong with partaking in the festivities by loosening your belt a little and chowing down on your holiday favorites. In fact, you’ll have a much happier holiday if you aren’t counting calories in every single morsel. That being said, there are smarter ways to eat. First, eat breakfast and lunch and don’t try to save room for the big meal. There are always leftovers anyway. And if you fast for too long your metabolism is going to take all that turkey straight to the waistline. Second, since you’ll probably be taking seconds anyway, so pay attention to portion size and don’t overdo it on your first time around the table.

After the meal, convince Aunt Becky to take Fido on a walk with you, or gather the cousins for a game of touch football. Staying

active through the holidays is key to erasing the damage done. And finally, remember that it’s just one day. You won’t have another day of feasting for a month at Christmas, and not everyone is lucky enough to sit at a loaded table surrounded by family and loved ones. So eat, drink, and be thankful.

PS, check out my Flavors page for a few healthy holiday options!My best friend, Ej, and I love to eat!  My best friend, Ej, and I love to eat!