THE CAUSE

“In the end, you have to measure your life by whether children have a better future. Our children are depending on us.” – President Bill Clinton

In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has almost tripled in children and adolescents. Today about one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems today and well into their futures. There is no single cause of childhood obesity and therefore no single solution. By transforming all the environments where kids learn and grow, we can give them the best chance to live their healthiest lives.

 

100% of funds donated here go directly to programs supporting children’s health. Our sponsors have generously covered the expedition budget for BEYOND 7/2.

On May 27, 2016 pro endurance athlete Colin O’Brady completed the Explorers Grand Slam in a world record shattering 139 days. Colin climbed the Seven Summits and skied the last degree to the North and South Poles, all in an effort to raise awareness and funds to inspire active, healthy kids in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
  • The summit of Mount Everest...literally sitting on top of the world. I had to post one more summit pic from my Everest expedition a year ago in honor of the  many climbers who are in position ready to go for the summit tonight. This moment was truly an all time highlight in my life, but any good mountaineer will tell you the summit is only halfway. Already a few climbers this season have lost their lives on the descent...sending positive vibes for safe passage on the mountain as they reach for the ultimate prize! Come home safe! #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • "I'M ON THE SUMMIT OF MT. EVEREST!!!" A year ago I was on top of the world!!! Wow...what an amazing feeling. So much went into that moment, from the dreaming as a kid, to the countless other mountains both literal and figurative I had to climb to stand there. I'm grateful for all of the love and support from all over the world that helped me reached that moment of pure joy. What's your Everest?! #Everest #Nepal #topoftheworld #Himalayas #everestbasecamp #summit 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • A year ago today I took this photo stepping out of my tent at Camp 4 in the "Death Zone" on Everest as I left for my final summit push. I was equally scared and excited as I climbed  through the night reaching toward my childhood dream of standing on top of the world.  #nepal #Himalayas #Everest #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • One year ago today I was pushing for Camp 4 and then hopeful for the Everest summit push after that, but I got caught out in a big storm and had to duck into this tent at precarious Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face. Trying to keep smiling and laughing but I was getting worked...I actually cracked my ribs from coughing that same day and was in a lot of pain. Sending strength to all the climbers right now in this situation pushing for their summit dreams! #Everest #Nepal #himalayas #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • I took this photo a year ago today at Camp 2 on Everest (21,500ft), as I prepared mentally for my second summit attempt after having to retreat from Camp 4 (The Death Zone) a couple days earlier in a severe storm. The fear from that storm was weighing on my mind as I tried in this moment to summon the energy and courage to make another attempt to reach the top of the world. #Nepal #himalayas #Everest #everestbasecamp #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Sometimes the hardest part about climbing big mountains is sitting still. Reports from the Nepal side of Everest right now have a week from now as the earliest possible time for the ropes to be fixed to the top. Passing days in the tent at altitude can crush your spirit, but patience is the ultimate key to success on Everest. #Nepal #Everest #everestbasecamp #himalaya #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #himalayas
  • Such a great day climbing Mt. Hood yesterday. No matter how many times I go up there, I never get sick of it. Nothing like a bluebird day in the Cascades to put a smile on my face. Even more special was bringing @jennabesaw up to the top for her first Mt. Hood summit. Lucky to call this area home...Mt. Hood makes for a pretty spectacular backyard 😉
#Oregon #MtHood #oregonexplored #cascades #pacnw #pacificnorthwest #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Life in the Western Cym, between Camp 1 and Camp 2 on Everest. Summit seen on the left and Lhotse (the 4th tallest mountain on Earth) looming in the center of the screen. #Nepal #Himalayas #everestbasecamp #Everest #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • The dreaded lineup on the Lhotse Face on Mt Everest. This year is shaping up to be one of the busiest years on record with many people reusing permits from the cancelled 2015 season. Sadly these days one of the biggest hazards on the mountain are the other climbers. Wishing for safe passage for the many people working hard to stand on top of the world. #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #Lhotse #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits

THE CHARITY

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a catalyst for children’s health. Founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation in 2005, the Alliance has been climbing its own mountain, in an effort to make the healthy choice the easy choice for kids across the country.

The Alliance’s current work directly impacts more than 20 million children, with a focus on low-income and minority populations who are at increased risk for obesity and other diseases. Millions more young people benefit from system changes initiated in partnership with the Alliance and the corporate sector.

“I’m not in this alone – I have a team to lean against. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation keeps me grounded. The support they provide me and the ideas they hand out – they remind me that I am doing something good.” – May Phyo, 16-year-old Alliance Youth Ambassador

We’re all in this together. True change comes when individuals, groups, and systems work together to create healthier environments in all the place kids spend their time. These systems and environments are the schools, communities, businesses and homes that our kids live in, learn at and encounter every day. Whoever you are and wherever you are, you have a part to play in giving kids the chance to learn healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

“As a world-class athlete, Colin is a great example of what is possible when someone makes health a top priority. More importantly, as someone who is using his gifts to create a better world for our next generation, Colin is a perfect example of what is possible when we all work together – a brighter world for our nation’s children. Thank you Colin and thank you to all those you inspire to join the cause.” – Howell Wechsler, Alliance for a Healthier Generation CEO