April 2014 – KXAN News – Million Mile Month kicks off, gets Austinites Moving
The start of April kicks off a new health initiative called the Million Mile Month. The goal is to get people in Austin to exercise a combined one million miles by the end of the month.
“We look at the issues we’re faced with in our community for incentive,” said Steve Amos, the Executive Director of non-profit organization Cyberwaves and Waterwaves. “Over a third of the kids are obese or overweight. Adults aren’t far behind. Sitting is the new smoking and most of us are killing ourselves by lack of activity.”
If you’ve got some spare time this month and want to really get fit, you should join up with one of the most ambitious fitness communities in Texas, the Million Mile Month team. The organization’s goal is to collectively walk, run, swim, bike, skateboard or skate a million miles by the end of April, as well as raise $1 million for organizations like the American Diabetes Association to fight childhood obesity.
We mentioned about a month ago that The Austin Public Library (APL) has lots of awesome events planned around Million Mile Month. Last week we attended a great Million Mile Month kick-off event for Austin Public Library employees that included a healthy eating presentation from Sustainable Food Center and lots of computers to get registered for Million Mile Month.
But the fun isn’t stopping there, APL has provided us with a list of books focused on health and fitness to share with our participants everyday this month. Make sure to follow the Million Mile Month Facebook and Twitter page, so you don’t miss any of those great read suggestions. Read more