Can you feel that change in the air? April has officially begun, bringing sunshine, flower buds, rain showers, and—if you live in Florida—spring marks the first segment on my 6-month trek of Walking With America!
As I cross from Key West into Miami
from the Keys Highway, pushing Bobbie (my yellow stroller, of course) and basking in the sun, I can’t help but stop and consider just how lucky I am. This journey is the EPIC trip of a lifetime—and even with the beginnings of blisters and the hint of a sunburn, I couldn’t be happier to finally be in Florida!
Resting my feet before pushing Bobbie up another hill—What a great workout!
While Florida is certainly no stranger to natural beauty—and all the outdoor recreation that comes with it—the health and happiness of our nation is declining, even in the sunniest of states:
- Growing rates of heart disease and diabetes have brought Miami-Dade county into a growing public health crisis, with heart disease as the leading cause of death in 2015
- It is estimated that over 2.4 million Florida residents have diabetes, with over 5.8 million suffering from prediabetes
- Florida is ranked 50th in the nation for mental health funding—a sobering statistic when considering that approximately 660,000 adults and 181,000 children across the state live with serious mental illness
Statistics like these are exactly what Walking With America seeks to cure through every smile, laugh, step, and connection made. Increase your health and happiness, and you can start to change the health and happiness of everyone around you!
So, Floridians—grab your sunglasses, put on a pair of sneakers, wear something yellow, and come join me for a few steps and an H3 event as we let the emotional, mental, and physical benefits of walking spark a truly positive, life-changing chain of events ripple throughout this beautiful state!
Yellow is starting to catch on! So thankful for every new friend along the way
Check out the list of cities below to see if I’ll be in your town:
- West Palm Beach—TBD
- Port St. Lucie—April 14th
- Melbourne—April 17th
- Jacksonville—April 25th
For upcoming details
Finally, my Dearest Walker Friends, I hope to see you out walking on the trail, stopping to relax in the beautiful sunshine, or laughing with new friends at an H3 event!
—become a part of the movement and contribute an integral piece of my ultimate vision: to walk together, share a moment of our lives, and come to a happier, healthier understanding of our world.
Ellen & I had a blast meeting new friends at Boondocks Grille & Draft House, the “Largest Tiki Bar in the Keys”