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.
  • Nothing like the 360 views of the Andes to put a smile on your face. Here I am working my way up to the high camp on Aconcagua the tallest mountain in the world outside of Asia.  What summer outside adventures are people getting after right now? #Aconcagua #Argentina #mendoza  #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • Shredding a different kind of pow!! Sandboarding on the dunes of Wadi Rum in Jordan 🏂 🇯🇴 .
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#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #sand #desert #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #snowboarding #backcountry #Jordan #travelJordan
  • Incredible day scrambling and climbing up through the slot canyons of Wadi Rum in Jordan. The sandstone formations out here are epic! #Jordan 🇯🇴 #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • A different kind of mountain landscape than usual. This week I went on an incredible journey through Israel with some of the top leaders in sports. After arriving at the top of the world last year, made the contrast of swimming at the Dead Sea at the bottom of the world even more stoke. TodY it was 110 degrees at the Dead Sea. Both the top of the world and bottom are harsh environment but equally beautiful in their mystic and allure. Thank you to the @realityisrael team and the Schusterman's for bringing this amazing group together for this life changing experience.
  • My TEDx Talk just went live. To hear the story of my journey to set two world records while overcoming significant setbacks check out the link in profile. It was such an honor to share my story on the venerated TED stage. PLEASE SHARE if you feel so inclined.
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📷 Everest summit on the left towering above me!
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#Everest #Nepal #Himalayas #tedtalks #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits @ted @tedxportland
  • Throwback to some serious heavy breathing climbing at 23,000ft on Mt. Everest up the famous Lhotse Face. Breathtaking in a very literal sense...
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#Everest #Nepal #Himalayas 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #Sherpa #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • These moments are some of my favorite in the mountains; alpine sunrise above the clouds  with the snow and cloud layers blending together. 
#Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits #rainier #MtRainier
  • Summit smiles...standing on the highest place in my home state: summit of Mt. Hood. Check out that bird perched in the background...imagine being able to just fly up to these places whenever you wanted...amazing!
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#Oregon #MtHood #Outdoor #explore #adventure #snow #ice #travel #wanderlust #climbing #climb #mountains #lifegoals #goBeyond #SevenSummits
  • So much fun was had the past 24 hours. I invited my dear friend @daleyervin into my world. He's got incredible endurance accolades (Leadville 100, Rowing the Atlantic...Just to name a couple). But he'd never been on a mountain before. Admittedly I chucked him into the deep end when I invited him to try the Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier double (Back to back in 24 hours). First time in crampons, first time on a glacier, first time in a climbing harness, roped up etc. He did great. After over 10,000 feet and 15 hours of climbing, a Mt Hood summit, four hours driving, and two nights no sleep, tired legs got the better of my friend. The safe choice was made to turn around shy of the Rainier summit and live to fight another day. Not to worry, I promised him the mountain is not going anywhere. The joy is in and adventure, the friendship, the laughter and the journey. The second summit would have just been icing on the cake. Next time! This gorgeous sunrise perch above the clouds and the joy of playing in the beautiful outdoors was well worth the trip. Already looking forward to the next adventure together. #MtHood #MtRainier #oregon #washington 
#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