Oct 04
October 4, 2012

Voices from Team Healthier Generation


On Sunday, November 4th, I will run the greatest race in the world—the New York City Marathon—and I am proud to be running my first marathon as a part of Team Healthier Generation.  This year, for the first time, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Alliance for a Healthier Generation are joining forces and creating a team of marathon runners who are dedicated to promoting healthier lifestyles, and raising awareness for the work of these two great organizations.  My love for fitness and job as a physical trainer, plus my passion for the mission of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, inspired me to join the team, and help make a difference.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, in partnership with the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, works to address one of the nation's leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and to empower kids to make healthy lifestyle choices.  This is a cause I feel passionate about—as a trainer, I have seen firsthand how exercise and healthy eating can help people lead happy, successful lives.  It is even more important that we teach our children these lessons, so future generations will grow up healthy and strong.  Many kids don’t have access to the education or opportunities that can help them thrive.  Who knows what these children can achieve with the right support, like that provided by the Alliance?

I have long supported the Alliance’s mission, and am so proud to be able to support the work of the Clinton Foundation while taking on a challenge of my own.  While I work with my clients all over New York City to build core strength and use corrective exercise to improve injuries without the need for surgery, I have never run a marathon before!  This New York City Marathon will bring together all the things I’ve learned throughout my life- from my childhood in Colombia where I was always running around, to my education at the Fitness Institute of South Florida, to my life in New York City, where I spend my time drinking strong coffee, walking my dog Milo, and showing the guys at the local gym how much I can lift.

To contribute to Team Healthier Generation and support Vanessa, visit her fundraising page.