This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Pack these smart snacks if you’re taking a road trip this Father’s Day weekend. — Fit Sugar
- What’s on your exercise bucket list? Here are a few ideas to get you started. — Peanut Butter Fingers
- Give back and help others get (or stay) fit with eight these health-minded charities. — Greatist
- We thought pizza delivery was quick…now you can grab a from-scratch slice at a vending machine! Would you try this trend? — L.A. Times
- Here’s why one blogger loves green smoothies (we promise they don’t taste like veggies great!)—and a recipe so you can try one yourself. — Eating Bird Food
- It’s not always one size fits all. Learn how to support your loved ones on their wellness journeys. — MizFit Online
In 10 days, the 2012 Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament will hit South Beach—and give us a motivational kick in the butt to get ready for bikini season. But the two-day event will also give us a little boost of hope, too, thanks to its charity partnership, Models 4 Water.
Co-founder models Georgie Badiel (runway stunner) and Heide Lindgren (face of Guess by Marciano) started M4W last year, with the goal of raising money to bring sustainable, clean water to the people in Burkina Faso, Georgie’s homeland. The country is one of the poorest in the world and about 85 percent of the population doesn’t have clean drinking water. And as you may suspect, most of the burden of finding usable water falls on the local women.
“We want to use our level of exposure to give back and work (as an industry) together to make a difference,” Heide says. “But this isn’t about being a ‘rewarding experience.’ It’s about fulfilling your duty as a human being to use your blessings to help bless others.”
M4W works with The Water Project, which also hosts the donations. (They’ll accept as little as $1, so go for it!) But the Model Beach Volleyball Tournament will also have an area dedicated to M4W, and additional Global Ambassadors will lend their image and connections to the cause in the future.
Until then, Heide says the dream is simple: “Water is one of the few things the body requires to live, and we don’t want access to clean water to be an issue or concern for anyone.”
Stay tuned for more updates about the exciting 2012 Ludus Athletics Model Beach Volleyball Tournament, an event FITNESS is proud to partner with!
If there was ever any doubt about the healthy living blogging community and the support system it creates, Janetha from Meals and Moves has erased it all. She’s spearheaded The Great Fundraising Act, or TGFA—an online auction that is donating all of the proceeds to Susan, a fellow blogger who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Susan and Janetha officially met last fall when they were roommates for the Foodbuzz Festival in November, but they had been following each other’s blogs since April 2009. The two became fast friends, and when Janetha heard about Susan’s cancer diagnosis and the fact that she had to pay for her medicine (to the tune of $5,000 a month) she knew she had to help. Soon after, TGFA was born.
Intending to hold a bake sale that would “hopefully raise a few thousand dollars,” Janetha sent out emails to anyone in the blog world that might have a connection to Susan, asking if they’d be willing to donate baked goods. After an overwhelming amount of support, the bloggers recommended Janetha contact companies for charitable contributions. More support rolled in and TGFA ended up with over 170 items to auction away!
TGFA began at 8 a.m. EST today and has raised over $20,000. “People are so generous, it makes me want to cry,” Janetha says. “I’ve read tweets that say things like, ‘I don’t have any grocery money this week, but I’m still donating.’ I’m just completely astonished by the love and support that’s coming from all directions.”
Awesome products like a one-year supply of Chobani Greek yogurt, a travel package to Universal Studios in Hollywood, and tons of healthy, baked goods are ready for the taking, with staggered closing times until 11 p.m. Make sure you check it out!
If you’d like to simply make a direct donation to Susan to help cover the cost of her medical bills, you can donate via PayPal here.
And if you think there might be something you want post-TGFA, Janetha will be setting up an “After the Act” page next week that will list more products for sale at a set price!
Now tell us: What’s on your fitness wish list that you’d love to see auctioned off?
Here at FITNESS, we believe in getting fit for good causes. In the That’s the Spirit! section of our April issue (on newsstands now), we feature runner Jamie Horn, who’s currently training for the Potomac River Run Marathon on May 1. She’s running 26.2 miles to raise money for the Andi Foundation, a nonprofit she started to honor her best friend Andi Parhamovich.
In January 2007, Andi was killed during a terrorist attack in Iraq while working on a democracy-building mission for a nonprofit. Jamie and Andi’s family and friends created the Andi Foundation to help young women pursue careers in politics, humanitarian work and media. Learn more about the Andi Foundation and donate at theandifoundation.org. We wish Jamie the best of luck on her upcoming race!
Want to get fit for a good cause? We put together this list of our favorite fitness charity events to help you find one near you. And if there’s a cause you strongly believe in and are involved with, tell us in the comments below!
Know someone who is sharing her love of fitness with others in a creative and charitable way? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.