Did you know that you can use your love of being healthy and fit to pay it forward to others? Here are 10 ideas for healthy acts of kindness:
Give healthy foods. Collect healthy foods for a local food bank or shelter. In many states, food banks become depleted more quickly in summer months when school is not in session and they are receiving fewer donations. Consider using coupons to make your healthy food donations go even further.
Donate by exercising. Download Charity Miles, an app that enables you to earn money for charity each time you walk, run or bike. All you have to do is log your activity. Charity Miles will donate 25 cents for every mile you walk or run, and 10 cents for every mile you bike. Get fit and give back. How motivating is that?
Get in the race. No matter what your skill level, you can register for a race, walk or “fun run” that benefits a charitable organization. Just go to http://Active.com to look for an event in your area. You can search by location, date or event type.
Just walk around the block. Want to stay closer to home? Offer to take a neighbor’s dog for a walk. You and your four-legged friend will get great exercise all while doing your neighbor a wonderful favor.
Give your items. Donate sneakers, exercise clothes and fitness equipment to a women’s shelter. By doing so, you can help those very brave women and their children get back on their feet, literally.
Run together. Along the same lines, if you are a runner, consider joining Back on My Feet, national organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can go on to create a life of self-sufficiency.
Sign up to help. Even those with no family history or Alzheimer’s disease, can join the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry. The registry will be used to recruit people for brief surveys and research studies, though you are under no obligation to participate. Your level of participation is up to you. Some of the surveys take less than 10 minutes to complete and do a world of good in helping with Alzheimer’s research.
Join the army. Along the same lines, consider joining the Army of Women, an initiative by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to recruit women of all ages and backgrounds, including breast cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease, to participate in research to eradicate breast cancer. Updates via email announce studies looking for volunteers with or without breast cancer. Some might require the completion a questionnaire while others might need a sample of blood, urine, saliva, breast fluid, or breast tissue. You decide the level at which you want to participate.
Give blood. Did you know that one pint of blood can save up to three lives? According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs donated blood. Find a donation location near you at http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.
Let them see. Donate old eyeglasses to an organization that recycles them for people in need. Some stores collect eyeglasses for recycling or you can go to http://donateglasses.org/ for information on donating in your area. You can also consider purchasing prescription glasses or sunglasses from Warby Parker, who donates one pair for every pair purchased.
Here’s to happy, healthy acts of kindness!
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