Thursday, February 28, 2013

Step Up and Walk the Walk

Get Outside and Walk

Do you walk the walk, or just talk the talk, when it comes to supporting worthy causes?
When you walk the walk, by participating in a charity walkathon, you do good things for others while also doing something healthful for yourself.
Walkathons raise much-needed funds for all types of charitable and non-profit organizations. At the same time, walking builds your aerobic endurance, reduces cardiovascular risks, promotes weight loss, and prevents loss of mobility due to aging. It can even lower mortality among people with diabetes.
In keeping with the health rewards of walking as exercise, walkathons often benefit medical research, treatment and education campaigns. The names tell the story: America's Walk for Diabetes (American Diabetes Association), Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (American Cancer Society), The Memory Walk (National Alzheimer's Association), and others.
Although walkathons are held year-round (mall-walking makes that possible in wintertime), their popularity is most visible from spring to fall. Sometimes, it's hard to go for a weekend drive without encountering one. The American Heart Association's Heart Walk attracts more than one million participants at more than 600 events each year. WalkAmerica, the biggest fund-raiser for the March of Dimes, is held in 1,100 communities annually.
Most events cover relatively short distances, from 2K (1.25 miles) to 5K (3.1 miles), although some are marathons (26.2 miles) and half-marathons (13.1 miles). By collecting pledges from sponsors, walkers raise millions of dollars every year.
Walkathons inspire many of us, at all ages and levels of fitness, to get involved. Helping a good cause encourages us to lace up those sneakers and step out when we might not otherwise make the effort.
"When you walk just for the sake of walking, few people are truly motivated and keep it up," says Werner W.K. Hoeger, Ed.D., FACSM, professor of kinesiology and director of the Human Performance Laboratory, Boise State University. "If you have a goal in mind, then that motivates you and gets you going. This is beautiful."
Step Up and Walk - April 21st - Corona, NY

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Help Us Spread the Word!

Please help us spread the word about our 1st Annual 4.8K Step Up and Walk community event.

Double click the image below, download and share with friends, family, colleagues, strangers, on y our blog, on your Facebook page.

TOGETHER we can make a difference. 
Thank you!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Waive and Step Up and Walk for Children with Growth Disorders

Have you registered for Step Up and Walk's April 21st event in Queens, NY?

If not - GOOD!

Because we have some GREAT news for you.

Starting today through February 21, when you register to walk - your friend walks for free.

We're waiving...hello and good bye to the additional registration for two.

So waive with us..!

*Register today for two people and only pay for one!

Register today at

Let's walk to raise awareness of child growth disorders and raise funds for to provide research, education, support and advocacy.

Be part of a growing solution!

*Offer good until February 21, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Show the Love, Step Up and Walk!

Register to Step Up and Walk with your honey,
and we'll waive their fee from
Feb 14 - 21st!
Register for two - only pay for one.
 Because we LOVE you and your support of children with growth disorders.
So, show us the love - register today!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Step Up and Walk for Children with Growth Disorders: Students, Friends, Family, Colleagues

Step Up and Walk will be an amazing community event, rain or shine! Together we are raising awareness of child growth disorders, adult growth hormone deficiency, and raising funds to continue providing critical research, education, support and advocacy.

This event is for ALL AGES:
friends, family, colleagues, leashed pets ...everyone! 

-- event tee-shirts
-- breakfast
-- refreshments

-- entertainment
-- vendors
-- and more!

(elementary, high school, college/university):
Be a part of a growing solution!

Register to walk as an individual or 
form a super cool team and 
you will receive:

-- letters of recommendation (perfect for school credit, volunteer hours, college applications)

-- certificate of participation


On behalf of all of us at the Human Growth Foundation, 
your efforts touch the entire community. 

Thank you!
Human Growth Foundation

About the Human Growth Foundation:
Human Growth Foundation is 501 (c) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children, and adults with disorders of growth and growth hormone through research, education, support, and advocacy. 

HGF is dedicated to helping medical science to better understand the process of growth, including intrauterine growth retardation, Russell-Silver syndrome, Turner's syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Noonan's syndrome, chondroplasias, and more. 

We provide:
--"Starter grants" to encourage research in both physical and psychosocial areas of growth disorders and chondroplasias.

--Discussion Forums for parents of children and adults with growth disorders.

--Awareness/outreach programs to identify and encourage persons with growth disorders to seek appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

--Quarterly newsletter and multiple booklets, and answers questions from the members and the public in support of the above goals.

--Strong partnerships with highly acclaimed pediatric and adult endocrinologists.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Do You Remember Your First Step?

Remember your first step? What a fuss everyone made! And then you continued to walk right on through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood, but somewhere along the way, like most adults, you probably stopped walking so much. In fact, the percentage of adults who spent most of their day sitting increased from 36.8% in 2000 to 39.9% in 2005! 
Part of the reason may be your hectic, stressful life, with not a moment to spare for recreation or formal exercise. The environment plays a part too; inactivity has been engineered into our lives, from escalators to remote controls to riding lawn mowers to robotic vacuum cleaners to electric toothbrushes to the disappearance of sidewalks and safe places to walk. But research shows that all this automation is bad for our health. 

Besides the main reason to Step Up and Walk on April 21st ...let's look at a few other top reasons to walk...

  1. Walking prevents type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that walking 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15 pounds) can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.
  2. Walking strengthens your heart if you're male. In one study, mortality rates among retired menwho walked less than one mile per day were nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles per day.
  3. Walking strengthens your heart if you're female. Women in the Nurse's Health Study (72,488 female nurses) who walked three hours or more per week reduced their risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35% compared with women who did not walk.
  4. Walking is good for your brain. In a study on walking and cognitive function, researchers found that women who walked the equivalent of an easy pace at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walked less than 40 minutes per week. Think about that!
  5. Walking is good for your bones. Research shows that postmenopausal women who walk approximately one mile each day have higher whole-body bone density than women who walk shorter distances, and walking is also effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.
  6. Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Walking for 30 minutes, three to five times per week for 12 weeks reduced symptoms of depression as measured with a standard depression questionnaire by 47%.
  7. Walking reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer. Women who performed the equivalent of one hour and 15 minutes to two and a half hours per week of brisk walking had an 18% decreased risk of breast cancer compared with inactive women. Many studies have shown that exercise can prevent colon cancer, and even if an individual person develops colon cancer, the benefits of exercise appear to continue both by increasing quality of life and reducing mortality.
  8. Walking improves fitness. Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardiorespiratory fitness.
  9. Walking in short bouts improves fitness, too! A study of sedentary women showed that short bouts of brisk walking (three 10-minute walks per day) resulted in similar improvements in fitness and were at least as effective in decreasing body fatness as long bouts (one 30-minute walk per day).
  10. Walking improves physical function. Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.

The list goes on, but if I continued, there'd be no time for you to start walking! Suffice to say that walking is certainly good for you!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Why Should You Step Up and Walk...?

....because it DOES make a difference.
Join us on April 21, 2013 and Step Up and Walk.
We're raising awareness of child growth disorders
and funds to provide research, education, support and advocacy.
It's going to be a great day
to make an even greater difference.
Be part of the growing solution!
Can't attend...please make a donation.
Together we CAN make a difference in the lives
of children with growth disorders.
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