Spring Cleaning, Food and Hunger, and Two Weeks Free

There are numerous reasons for people to walk in to DR Fitness Systems for the first time. Most people come to us because they need or want to lose weight. A huge component of weight loss is eating a healthy diet and ultimately consuming fewer calories. Other clients come to us in need of gaining weight and need to increase their food consumption. But what about those who have no choice of what or when to eat? I’m talking about people who can’t afford to eat and go hungry on a daily basis – and it happens more than we would like to think. It’s ironic that the American food model is based on cheap food and we are the most over-fed population in the world, yet there are millions among us who eat what they can, when they can. They are chronically hungry and under-nourished.

I can remember on numerous occasions growing up when my mom would take food to homeless people and sit with them as they ate and just listened to their stories. The food may not have been the best (I remember Long John Silvers was a favorite) but it was hot, filling, and it made that hungry person forget about their hunger for a little while. Although I didn’t think much of it at the time, it made a profound impact on my life and I’m glad to be writing this post in hopes it motivates you too.

Spring is finally here and people are anxious to get the yard cleaned up and get going on the spring cleaning around the house. While you’re doing your spring cleaning, look around for all the old electronic devices you no longer use. I found two in a matter of minutes. Rather than throwing them in the garbage, think about this. Globally, each year roughly 100 million smartphones are tossed in the trash and millions of computers go to the landfill every year in the United States alone. This something that I was totally unaware of until last week when I read a post from a very smart guy named Eric Cressey. This electronic trash releases heavy metals (no, not the Pantera playing on the gym stereo right now) like cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury in to our environment in addition to other toxins that I can’t spell or pronounce. These toxins affect air and water quality and are causing birth defects and deaths around the world. An organization called Causes International upcycles those outdated electronics, spares them from our landfills, and uses the components to make new stuff or gets them to people who can use them.  So what the hell does this have to do with hunger and fitness?

John Romaniello, Eric Cressey, and Ben Bruno (three heavy-hitters in the strength & fitness game) have teamed up with Causes International and Feeding America to help feed the hungry. The program called Fitness Feeds is really cool, really easy, and it won’t cost you a penny to participate. By donating your old stuff, you can help raise money to feed hungry people in this country. Here’s the really cool part…every dollar raised can provide eight meals for those in need!

How can you participate?

1) Spring cleaning – find old electronics in your house or office. Some of the items eligible are: iPhones, iPods, smart phones, calculators, cameras, laptops, etc.

2) Go to www.fitnessfeeds.org and get a value for your old electronics. It takes about a minute to search and value your item(s). Enter them for donation and you’ll receive a pre-paid UPS shipping label which you can print and then drop your items off at a UPS Store or one of the 40,000 drop boxes around the U.S. I found an old Blackberry and TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator from a calculus class which totaled $16.07 – or 128 meals!

3) Bring or email your receipt to me and I will give you a free two-week membership to our gym. Simple as that. Help us positively impact the lives of those who are less fortunate and try out our gym for free.

The goal of Fitness Feeds is to provide 100,000 meals by the end of April. So please pass this on and help the cause. You can remove clutter in your house, feed the hungry, get a tax deduction, and save the Earth without spending a penny!

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