Raising Awarness to Childhood Obesity One Pedal at a Time
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Since September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to highlight the interview with Teddy Herrera made by made by Richard Marti Jr. This amazing 24-year old guy started riding his bike across America on June 5th this year and is riding 75 to 100 miles a day, going three days on and one day off for rest.
Teddy was inspired to start this challenge after coming back from a trip to South America four months ago, where he biked in the beautiful Andes Mountains, meeting people from all across the world. He fell in love with this sport and wanted to do more biking once he got back to the U.S. Well, when he got back, he asked his 10- year-old cousins at his grandmother’s house to go play baseball at the park instead of playing video games all day; they looked at him like he was crazy and shook their head ‘no’. He knew then and there that technology was affecting the lives of kids all across the nation and he took on the challenge to bike across the U.S to raise awareness to Childhood Obesity.
He will have been on this biking “tour” across our great nation for three months this Sunday, September 5th. He confesses that he had not been a cyclist before undertaking this challenge and so this has taken a tremendous feat on his body and mind. His message for the world is to simply take it “one pedal at a time”. We all truly do have to start somewhere on our journey to fitness. We don’t have to be major athletes to take on a fitness challenge, but just be committed, just like Teddy Herrera. Kids across the nation can start getting into shape by cutting out an hour of video games, T.V, computer, or other technological devices, and going out to play with their friends. There are so many things to do! They can go swimming, ride bikes, ride a scooter, go roller-blading, play their favorite sport with a group of friends, etc. In addition, instead of having their parents take them to school every day in a car, they can opt to walk to and from school every day this year.
Teddy Herrera is doing a marvelous thing to create awareness to the childhood obesity epidemic affecting our nation. I wish him all the best as he continues this challenge. If you want to connect with him, you can do so at Facebook, where he is “Teddy Herrera”, and on Twitter, where he is “onepedalatatime”. He also has a website under construction, as well as a blog site at http://acrossamericaforchildhoodobesity.wordpress.com/ , which is a log of where he’s been, who he’s met, and the journeys that he has made and people he’s encountered who have inspired him.
Here’s to Teddy Herrera! An amazing guy who pedaling across the United States raising awareness to childhood obesity, one pedal at a time.