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.

 

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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.
  • What summer adventures do people have planned? Pictured here is the view from one of the classic Seven Summits summer (Northern Hemisphere) adventures Europes tallest peak, Mt. Elbrus ... I know a bunch of people are headed there this month and next. Tell me what outdoor fun you're up to! #russia #elbrus #summerfun #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Huge congrats to my boy @drjonkedski on making it to the summit of Denali a couple days ago. Word on the street Denali is having one of the coldest seasons on record, with less than 25% of teams making the summit. Brutal cold and breaking trail in two feet of powder didn't stop Jon for getting to the top. Also heard the pow on the ski descent was pretty all time!! Stoked for you, sad to have missed it...amazing job my friend. #Denali #Alaska #nationalparks #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • A little different kind of adventure than playing in the mountains. This week I'm back in Mallorca, Spain where I used to live while training and racing for pro triathlon in the European summers. @jennabesaw and I dreamed up the Beyond 7/2 world record attempt while living here in 2014. Now we are back to celebrate Jenna's 30th birthday today as well as dream and sow seeds for our next set of big goals. Stay tuned for an announcement soon on what's next!!! #mallorca #Spain #backflip #meditation #mediterraneansea
  • Alaskan beauty. The views looking back down on 17 Camp on Denali on the final days push to the summit. Shoutout to my boy @drjonkedski pushing for the summit this week. Reaching the tallest point in North America is an epic journey! #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #Alaska #nationalparks #Denali
  • Whether you are a mountaineer or just have a passion for beautiful places, Denali National Park is not to be missed. This is the view from the flight in to the Kalhiltna Glacier to begin the climb up North Americas highest peak: Denali. #Alaska #nationalparks #Denali 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • 64 years ago today Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay summited Everest for the first time. These two courageous explorers stepped into the true unknown to prove what humans are capable of. Many at the time believed reaching the summit of Everest was truly an impossible goal. Despite the doubt they made it! To think they did it with far less gear, support and modern clothing than climbers of today. It is a truly exceptional accomplishment that will be remembered forever. They are heroes and their bravery and courage have inspired me in so many way. #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #Everest #nepal #hillarystep #Himalayas #legends #worldfirst
  • Celebrating the one year anniversary of reaching Denali's summit and setting two new world records for the fastest to complete Explorers Grand Slam and Seven Summits. I can't believe it's already been a year. Onward and upward to the many other big goals I've set for myself. More than any records I'm grateful for the journey and the wonderful people that fill my life with so much love and support. A special shoutout to my dear friend  @tuckercunninghamski for having the courage and strength to make that final summit push with me given the conditions (see post from yesterday) and of course to @jennabesaw the love of my life and partner in crime. I could never have reached any of these summits without your tireless work and strategic vision turning our seemingly impossible goal into a reality.  #everest #Denali #everestbasecamp #nationalparks #alaska #nepal #southpole #northpole #worldrecord #worldrecordholder #guinessworldrecord #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • A year ago today with time running out to set the Seven Summits world record my dear friend and climbing partner @tuckercunninghamski and I stepped out of our tent at 14,000ft camp on Denali hoping that we were going to the summit and this is the conditions we found...forecast we're calling for this weather system to stick around for at least a week and we had only 24 hours to get to the summit to set the second world record. It was a very tense time as over 130 days had boiled down to this moment. What to do?! #Denali #alaska #mountaineering #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits 
#Nationalparks
  • After summiting Everest last year on May 19th I had just one mountain left to climb to set two new world records: Denali. 
Without even spending a night in a hotel in Kathmandu, I rushed down from Everest's summit and flew all the way to Alaska to attempt to conquer my final peak. Having been going more than 135 days straight at that point from when I arrived to the South Pole in January I was suffering from deep fatigue. But with the finish line in my sights I summed my last ounces of strength and pushed towards the top. #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #Everest #Denali #Alaska #Nationalparks #nepal #himalayas

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