The photos below reflect decades of memories in my various fitness endeavors and achievements.
I have been able to have a positive impact on my community. I have lived in various places over the past 15 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, making monetary contributions, and I even created a CrowdRise fundraising page for SOS Mentor Shape Up in place of a wedding registry in 2012.