The other day I went out to walk my dog around the neighborhood, as I am wont to do. It being early April the signs of incipient spring were very apparent: crocuses, buds, warmer air, the last piles of snow under the shrubberies gone, landscaping trucks dotting the roads, and more people out walking. One of the nice things about walking is not just where the legs take you, but where the mind goes. In this case I was thinking about my college days at a school in a highly urban environment, and the prodigious amount of walking I did.
I have just registered a team for the Walk for Hope as I have since 1996. The Foundation of Hope is a charity which raises money for research into mental illness. The way they distribute the money is to give so-called ‘seed money’ which enables researchers to do the work necessary to apply for grants for comprehensive research. By using this method, the Foundation of Hope has been instrumental in securing millions of dollars to find cures or relief for those suffering from mental illnesses.
Our June 8th 2nd Annual Memorial Run was a success. We had 135 participants, and raised $2,142 for Wounded Warriors, Tempered Steel, and Fisher House. Thank you to all of our sponsors, and those who supported this event. Mark your calendars, the event will be held next year on Saturday June 7, 2014.
Check out these wonderful charitable fitness events, dance classes, and performances this April and May at www.meganmerchant.com. All events below are located in Albuquerque unless stated otherwise. If you have a local event we missed, email me and we will add it to our post. Let's get fit and dance, New Mexico!
Hey everyone!I’ve been volunteering my fitness and wellness services at one of the Homeless Shelters in San Jose. The women and children have been giving me such positive feedback on the benefits of the activities we do together. They have been feeling more optimistic and are learning about the importance of fitness and taking “mental vacations”. Some have requested I come more often and others suggested I expand to other shelters in the area. So, I’m doing it!