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.
  • Sometimes going down is harder than going up. This was taken on the descent off Denali last year after pushing for over 12 hours in a single round trip push from 14 camp to the summit and back, not to mention only 7 days removed from the Everest summit. It's never a successful climb until you are back down safely on the ground. .
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#Alaska #Denali #nationalpark #nationalparks #Everest #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • On the summit ridge of Mt. Vinson, Antarctica's highest peak. I took my goggles off to snap this pic real quick. But even a few seconds with exposed skin in the -70 windchill that day was enough to have ice crystals forming on my eyelashes and eyebrows. I'm cold now just thinking about it! #Antarctica #mtvinson #vinson #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Climbing up one of the many ladders in the infamous  Khumbu Icefall on Mt. Everest. I hope everyone climbing this season finds safe passage through this tenuous area. I found the Icefall to be enchanting in many ways, however there have been far too many lives lost in there to ever feel fully comfortable climbing through it. #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #topoftheworld  #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Spending the weekend down at sea level. Taking in this insane sunset at the Oregon Coast, while getting the creative juices flowing on some writing. 📷 @sirpnw #Oregon #oregoncoast #pacnw #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #ted #tedxpdx
  • The top of Tunnel Mountain, Banff, CA. Not a bad spot to sit and take in the view with my lady @jennabesaw #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #Canada #Banff
  • Progress can be slow on the way to the North Pole with cracking sea ice creating these pressure ridges and open leads. I set up my tripod and put my camera on a timer in the -40 degree temps to get this shot. #NorthPole #ExplorersGrandSlam #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • The not so glamorous side of climbing Everest. I took this photo while stuck in a line climbing up the Lhotse Face. Many teams were moving up to Camp 4 on the same day, and this can spell disaster on the fixed ropes on summit day. The top of the world; a very unlikely place to find yourself in a traffic jam. #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #8000m #summit #topoftheworld #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Tonight @outsidetelevision will be premiering the 22 minute film about my world record breaking journey. Check out the trailer here and tune in for the full version tonight at 930pm EST. Even though I lived this and shot most of the action footage myself, it's so much fun for me to watch it all back and relive some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my life. Thanks Jim Aikman @bedrockfilmworks for the excellent work on this piece and shoutout to @vetejas it's truly an honor to follow in your footsteps, you pushed me until the end. #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits @outsidetelevision
  • Banff you treated me well. Time to head home to the beautiful Pacific NW, but I'll most certainly be back up here North of the border again soon! #Banff #Canada #lakelouise #canmore #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