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.
  • Despite 1 million people are visiting Oregon this weekend for the Eclipse. @colsajam and I had this view all to ourselves yesterday. Standing on Mt. Hood looking south to Mt Jefferson and the Three Sisters hiding in the smoke filled sky. Blessed to call this my backyard. #Home #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #oregon #pnwonderland
  • Despite not making it to the summit of Rainier this week due to major crevasse collapse, I was treated to this sunrise above the clouds at 12,500ft. Summit or not, it's moments like this that stoke my passion for adventure in the outdoors.
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits 
#mtrainier #washington #nationalparks
  • Descending off of Mt. Rainier this morning. It was a beautiful day. Unfortunately our summit bid was not to be as a huge crevasses collapsed blocking our route to the summit crater. Despite that a day in the mountains with a dear friend is always a day well spent. @squnge and I have been dear friends for more than 26 years (Met in 1st Grade). It was his first time roped up on a glacier. So fun to teach and share that with him, he rocked it! Not to mention a 7000ft of@climbing was great training for the upcoming @29029_everesting challenge in participating in! Even without a bagging the summit we had a great adventure. Hard to beat alpine sunrises above the clouds.
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#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #mtrainier #nationalparks #washington
  • Excerpt from my podcast interview on the @redbulletin at @redbull HQ in Santa Monica. Even before the mountain climbing began with the Explorers Grand Slam it took over a year of hustle, grind, perseverance, passion and at times blind faith to pull it all off. As humans we are capable of achieving extraordinary things when we set our minds to them and commit fully! (Link in live story to full podcast)
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#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #RedBull #tedtalks #inspiration
  • I love traveling far and wide to explore mountains and have adventures. But there is plenty of fun to be found right in my own backyard in Oregon. .
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#Oregon #threeSisters #bend #BendOregon 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Sitting on top of South Sister yesterday afternoon was a satisfying moment and there was a swirl of freshly hatched monarch butterflies in the air adding to the magic. South Sister was the very first Oregon volcano I ever climbed as a kid. Fun to be able to stand on top of all Three Sisters in a single day. Also when this photo was taken the realization that my car was still 13 mikes away despite having summited all three was looming large. It was a bit of a slog back to the car, but made for a great adventure with @drjonkedski 
#Oregon #southSister #ThreeSisters
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Summit of North Sister a couple hours ago...now standing on top of Middle Sister...going for all three today...last up South and then a very long way back to the car...at least 25 miles to complete the loop and three peaks over 10000ft. Gorgeous day!! Follow the live story here and see if we make it. 📷 @drjonkedski 
#Oregon #ThreeSisters #ThreeSistersMarathon #BendOregon #NorthSisyer #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • I took this photos a couple years ago on North Sister in Oregon when I was training for the Grand Slam. Tonight I'm headed back with @drjonkedski to see if we can complete the "Three Sisters Marathon", all three mountains and about a 28 mile loop in one push...should a fun adventure!! It has been on my Oregon bucket list for a while.
#Oregon #threesisters #pacnw #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • With each step forward you are that much closer to your goal. Keep taking those steps and stacking those rocks, they'll get you  to the summit of whatever you are dreaming. 
Paraphrased from my TEDx Talk (Link in Profile)
#NeverGiveUP #Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #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