The photos below reflect decades of memories in my various fitness endeavors and achievements.
You’ll see others in these photos too, as most things are better when done together!
I have always tried to contribute positively to my community. I have lived in various places over the past 20 years, including LA, Miami and Massachusetts. In each of these places I have been able to be a part of some amazing initiatives that have truly inspired people to fitness and health.
While in Los Angeles, I was involved in the Students Run LA program. This volunteer program has prepared over 66,000 youths to run the LA Marathon since 1989. The program is all about mentoring, teaching kids about goal setting, overcoming obstacles and tenacity through marathon training. I was able to serve as the lead coach for our South Central LA based high school team, ranging from 25-35 members, for three years, 2007-2010 and continue to support the program financially when I can.
I also had the opportunity to participate in the creation, development and facilitation of SOS Mentor Shape UP Program, a nutrition and fitness education and mentoring program for elementary and high school students. I was able to serve as a board member for this organization for a short time and continue to support it by donating my fitness DVDs for children and families and making monetary contributions.
In 2014 I was honored to be a member of THE Force, meaning an ambassador for the company VIMMIA. VIMMIA is more than a clothing company providing fit fashion. They support community and philanthropy. They have created the Warrior One Project which is about turning the “active” community into an “activist” community. I have had the honor to participate in Warrior One Project fundraising retreats for the Jonah Pournazarian Fund in 2014 and breast cancer research in 2015. With the support of VIMMIA, I’ve been able to provide donations at various events I participate in, ranging from the Be Well-Weekend of Wellness at the Woodstock Inn in Vermont in August of 2017 to Baby Boot Camp’s Annual Conference in Sarasota, FL in September of 2018.
This gallery also shares images from other events I have been involved in, including education seminars, program creation, delivery and development, personal fitness achievements and fitness endeavors taken on with friends and family. I place a high value on being actively engaged in my community, promoting all the aspects of wellness, pulling others in to join me, and I invite you to do the same!