I have been trying to become a true runner for yearssss. Last year, with my sister’s encouragement, I finally completed a 5K during the AIDS Run Walk. It was a sweaty, ugly completion, but at least I crossed the finish line. With my 2013 accomplishment in mind, I jumped at a couple of opportunities to get my reignite my interest in running while supporting two separate but worthy causes: fighting hunger and supporting children’s hospitals.
After completing my first 5K!
Today marks the beginning of the Miracle Marathon, a cool event to support my local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Before you fall out of your seat, this is not a traditional marathon. Instead of running a bajillion miles at one time, everyone just commits to run one mile/day from September 16th to October 12th (my birthday!). If only all marathons could be so simple, right?! I’m looking forward to this running event because it is such a simple idea and will help keep me on track for the next item on my fall race agenda.
That item would be Run 10 FEED 10 on October 19th in Chicago. I have a confession about this event. I signed up a couple of years ago but never ran it. *winces* So, I have to redeem myself and prove that I can complete a 10K, even if my legs and lungs turn against me. I’ve been doing training runs, but am nowhere near where I need to be. Thank God for my trusty dusty training plan. It is giving me the confidence that I need to prayerfully knock out these miles.
With all of this running, I have been on the prowl for a great pair of running shoes but I’ll save that for another post. In the meantime, I would love to hear any suggestions for becoming a better runner. Help!
If you’re looking for a fun way to make a difference and meet new people, then come out on Saturday, 8/23 to help the #HashtagLunchbag Chicago team prepare and distribute lunches to fellow Chicagoans. It’s been almost a year since the last time that I participated, but I’m excited to get back into the groove. It’s such a blessing to be a blessing, and you will have a great time while doing so.
The meetup location is at Lacuna Fitness (645 S. Clark, Chicago) at 10a. You can follow @HTLBChicago for additional updates. Hope to see you there!
SALE alert! Today only, you can save 20% AND score free shipping on the FEED x Target collection online only. I’ve been stalking this collection for a while now and have chosen my four things that I want right now.
Have you snagged any items from this collection yet? If not, better get on it soon! This is a great way to help provide meals to families in need while getting some cool pieces for yourself, for your home, and as gifts.
Two of my fav fab givers recently teamed up to bring us a handbag that I’m sure will be a summer staple in my wardrobe. On the inaugural edition of her new online magazine, The Life, designer Rachel Roy announced that she and FEED co-founder Lauren Bush Lauren collaborated on a limited edition FEED tote created to help fight hunger in India. For every tote sold, 100 school meals will be provided to children throughout the country.
Rachel Roy and Lauren Bush Lauren with the new FEED India totes ($78).
Target has announced that it is teaming up with FEED for a capsule collection that will hit stores on June 30. The collection will include more than 50 stylish products to benefit Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The ultimate goal? Provide 10 million 10 million meals to Americans in need.
Co-designed by FEED Founder Lauren Bush Lauren, each piece ranges in price from $3 to $400, and will display the number of meals donated to Feeding America as a result of the purchase.
Want to learn more about the collection and even get a sneak peek? Check out the video below.
Today’s post is actually more like a confession. You see, last year, I signed up to run the Run 10 Feed 10 challenge in Cincinnati in October. I was rocking and rolling on during my training for like 3 weeks, and then… BOOM. I fell off. Big time. So much so, that I *gulp* skipped the race.
I know, I know, I know… You see. I figured that if no one asked me about it, then it didn’t matter. Especially since I’d already paid the registration fee, which helped provide 10 meals. But, deep down, I know better. So, I am getting my act together and keeping my promise to run 10 kilometers to fight hunger.
To make it count, I am doing the following:
Using Charity Miles to not only help me keep track of my training miles, but to also raise funds for Feeding America. For every mile that I run, $0.25 is donated to the cause. If you’re looking for an incredible way to support a cause, this is a great one that will keep your body moving.
Unilever is undertaking a comprehensive initiative to cross off hunger, which among other accomplishments will help donate TWO MILLION MEALS through Feeding America.
Today, the company is co-hosting a Twitter party to raise awareness about hunger in America and to inspire all of us to take small actions that can add up to a big difference in the world. Conversations will be driven by facts about hunger and simple ways that we can all do our part to help out.
The Twitter party kicks off at Noon ET, and you can follow along using the hashtag #BetterTogether. Oh, did I mention that there will be gifts? Use the hashtag in your tweets to show participation and be eligible for prizes given out during the party. Party peeps will have the chance to win one of 15 gift baskets filled with Unilever food and personal care items AND Unilever will donate 500 meals on behalf of each winner to Feeding America.
Good times indeed. Now, in full disclosure, Unilever is a client of my agency. I usually keep the two gigs separate unless a Client is doing something that totally fits into the scheme of my blog. All of that to say, I posted this on my own free will and was not asked to do so by my colleagues, managers, etc.
With that out of the way, I hope to see you at noon! Not following me on Twitter? Let’s fix that.
September is Hunger Action Month and communities across the country have spent the better part of this month working together to raise awareness about the issue in America. The USDA recently reported that 1 in 6 Americans lives in a household that is at risk of hunger. You know what that means? You may know someone in one of these households.
With that in mind, here are five facts that you should know about hunger…
According to the USDA, over 16 million children lived in food insecure (low food security and very low food security) households in 2010.
In 2010, over 48 million Americans lived in food insecure households.
30 percent of senior households served by Feeding America indicated that they have had to choose between food and medical care and 35 percent had to choose between food and paying for heat/utilities.
Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.
In 2009, the top five states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 18 are the District of Columbia, Oregon, Arizona, Arkansas, & Texas.
There are several ways to help raise awareness about the 1 in 6 Americans facing hunger:
Like your local food bank and Feeding America on Facebook (S/O to the Greater Chicago Food Depository)
Share a hunger fact with your friends
Send a postcard to your local elected official and speak up for national nutrition programs
Me and exercise have a love-hate relationship. And, by hate, I mean that I get bored and cease all physicial activity for 2-3 months cold turkey. Obviously, this can’t be good for my body or mind. So, I’ve recently challenged myself to get back on the fitness horse. In addition to the #30for30 workout plan that I’m doing (30 workouts in 30 days), I’ve decided to *drumroll* run in my first 10K! Yes, you heard it right. I am going to willingly run 6.21 miles. Is there a hook? Well, yes.
Women’s Health is teaming up with The FEED Foundation to host “Run 10 Feed 10” races across the country this fall. Just by signing up, you will instantly provide 10 meals for people going hungry in your local and surrounding neighborhoods. There are roughly 16 million children who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The good news is that hunger is a solvable problem and this race gives all of us a chance to do something about it.
Over the weekend, I downloaded the training app and began to plot out my method at attack. I am not a runner AT ALL, but I know that I am going to complete this race. Keyword? Complete. I’m not trying to set any records here.
The Chicago race is happening on September 23rd, but I’ll be out of town. So, I’ve signed up to run the race in Cincinnati on Saturday, 10/6. If this is your city, make sure to holler at me so I can say “Hi!”
If you’re interested in signing up for any of the 11 races, head on over to the website. You can also support my efforts by donating here.
Thanks in advance for the support and I hope to see some of you guys out there!
This morning, I was lamenting about the amount of money that I spend on food each week. I try to control my habits, but I can always be found grabbing a Chipotle here, Dunkin’ Donuts there, and a happy hour cocktail there. Of course, these “baller” cycles are related to pay periods…The days right after getting paid? I’m making it rain. The days right before getting paid? I’m the biggest cheapo.
Everytime I go on these binges, I tell myself that I’m wasting my money and I need to do better about saving it. The point is that I’m fortunate enough to have the money to make these purchasing decisions. But, what if my food/drink budget was set by a third-party and it was meager at best?
Well, a group of folks in Maryland are asking themselves, “Could they live on $30/week for food?” That’s the average food stamp allotment in Maryland, where one in seven Marylanders reported having a difficult time affording food at some point in the previous twelve months.
They are calling this the “Food Stamp Challenge.” I love the concept behind it because many of us don’t really think about these things when we (myself included) are grabbing a $7 steak burrito for lunch. The stories from challenge participants really highlight some of the challenges that we take for granted. For example, the participants are not allowed to accept meals from family and friends. So, that dinner date? Consider it canceled unless y’all are going to Burger King.
The Challenge week is going on right now, but I missed the beginning. So, I’m going to do mine from January 31 – February 5. Looking at the rules, I think this will be tough, but I’m always down for a challenge.
So, could you do it? Could you survive of $30/week for food and beverages?