Raising Awareness in September  

With such a heavy focus on COVID-related topics lately, we wanted to draw attention to a few important health-related matters that are part of September’s effort to raise awareness.

Childhood obesity

Through our partner nonprofit organization, LEAP Foundation DC, we are proud to have supported organizations like Students Run LA and Kids Run Miami that introduce youth to physical activity to improve their overall wellbeing and develop life-long healthy habits. We believe that those who are introduced to the physical and mental benefits of activities like running go on to lead longer lives. Not only does Students Run LA report that accepting a physical challenge like marathon running introduce goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health, it also increases high school and college graduation rates.

Healthy aging

No one wants to get “old,” but what if we could embrace the idea of aging rather than work against it? That’s what September is all about. It’s about looking ahead at the next X number of years and getting honest about one’s current situation. It’s about re-inventing oneself, going after goals and taking a leap. The change could be big or small, like enrolling in college, discovering a new career path, or taking up a new hobby like gardening, hiking or running. The point is, when we are happy with ourselves on a regular basic, when we’re staying active mentally and physically, then age truly is just a number.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In addition to our support of organizations that address childhood obesity, our partner organization also embraces the opportunity to raise awareness about organizations that are on a mission to put an end to childhood cancer. According to cancer.org, 11,050 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. One childhood diagnosis is too many. We must help organizations like the American Institute for Cancer Research to conduct the research necessary to discover the links between diet, physical activity and weight management to cancer prevention and survivorship.

Sports Eye Safety Month

Sports have been a hot topic across the country as schools decide whether it is safe to participate in team sports in the wake of a pandemic. Some have opted out while the majority of districts and leagues have moved forward with some version of a sports season. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has reported that tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries take place each year. The really interesting piece of information? Nearly 90 percent of the serious eye injuries that send thousands to the hospital each year could have been prevented by wearing appropriate protective eyewear.