Team!
Last week I had the honor of meeting (and running 10 miles with) Sarah Benson, a 21 year-old, rising Senior at Loyola University of Chicago who is training for the Chicago Marathon!
Aside from being an awesome runner, Sarah is a remarkable young woman with a HUGE heart. She’s already the Director of International Operations for a world-changing non-profit, Kids Caring 4 Kids, which supports kids in Africa. Last semester she served in a children’s home in South Africa for five months. And she traveled alone to Zambia to serve orphans.
"In each experience I was terrified," says Sarah. "But each has proven to be one of the best experiences of my life. It’s when I have put myself outside my comfort zone that I feel like I learned and grew the most."
Wise words from such a young woman. Thank you for inspiring us Sarah!  You are truly something special!
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Name: Sarah Benson
Age: 21
City: Chicago, IL
What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active is to run. Running keeps me grounded because it reminds me that each step leads to something larger. It forces me to value every step I take.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? Pencils of Promise and She’s The First.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? It’s hard for me to say my greatest accomplishment because I feel lie I have mini accomplishments every day that I think are great. 
I’m such a klutz that I feel awesome when I don’t spill my coffee all over me, when I make the subway on time, or when I don’t whack something or someone with my awkwardly long limbs.  
I do know, however, that I feel extremely proud and accomplished every time I have put myself outside my comfort zone; like when I ran a hilly trail in DC (Chicagoans like flat), when I traveled alone to Zambia to hear the stories of double and single orphans, when I studied and served in a children’s home in South Africa for five months, when I ran a half-marathon, or when I came to intern in NYC without ever visiting the city. In each experience, I was terrified. But each has proven to be one of the best experiences of my life. It’s when I put myself outside my comfort zone that I feel like I learned and grew the most.
What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? My mother inspires me to stay healthy and make a difference. She has a chronic illness called Ehlers-Danlos. It’s extremely hard on the body and I’ve watched her struggle to sit on the couch. I have learned to never take health for granted.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? The Lakeshore Path in Chicago. Watching the sunrise over Lake Michigan while running is pretty priceless.
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Believing you have a purpose and have value in this world helps motivate you to improve your well-being, because then you want to be healthy to see that purpose through.
What are your health/fitness goals? To run the Boston Marathon and to be able to do a push-up. [Editor’s note- LOL!]
Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest board you’d like to try? Yes, the black bean brownies sound interesting.
What’s one thing Humana can do to help you live a healthier lifestyle? I would love to see recopies with the science behind what the food in the recipe does for your body.
Are you training for anything? The Chicago Marathon!
What is the best health advice you’ve ever received? One time I asked my grandfather how he stayed so healthy. He told me he “thinks it.” At first, I thought he was insane, but then his answer started to make more sense. He told me that if I “think it” to be healthy, then eventually I will start acting healthy. It’s our will to do things that leads us to action.
Also, another piece of advice I thought was great was not to listen to all the advice I received. It’s important to research because a lot of health advice out there is misleading. An apple a day does not always keep the doctor away and “diet” foods aren’t always healthier for you.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I’m currently a senior at Loyola University of Chicago with a focus on international and peace studies. I’m a tall and awkward woman that is terrified of blood, is a coffee addict and loves bracelets, running, old dresses, traveling, Lake Michigan, gingersnaps and thunderstorms.
I have a heart for vulnerable children and want to be a mother to nations. I’m the Director of International Operations for Kids Caring 4 Kids and believe everyone has true value, talents and a purpose. I feel the most at home when I’m on my knees and serving others.
I like Charity Miles because it is an incredible reminder that a community of people can change the world and every story/mile matters. Charity Miles allows me to take something that I love, running, and use it to help the lives of others. High-res

Team!

Last week I had the honor of meeting (and running 10 miles with) Sarah Benson, a 21 year-old, rising Senior at Loyola University of Chicago who is training for the Chicago Marathon!

Aside from being an awesome runner, Sarah is a remarkable young woman with a HUGE heart. She’s already the Director of International Operations for a world-changing non-profit, Kids Caring 4 Kids, which supports kids in Africa. Last semester she served in a children’s home in South Africa for five months. And she traveled alone to Zambia to serve orphans.

"In each experience I was terrified," says Sarah. "But each has proven to be one of the best experiences of my life. It’s when I have put myself outside my comfort zone that I feel like I learned and grew the most."

Wise words from such a young woman. Thank you for inspiring us Sarah!  You are truly something special!

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name: Sarah Benson

Age: 21

City: Chicago, IL

What’s your favorite way to stay active? My favorite way to stay active is to run. Running keeps me grounded because it reminds me that each step leads to something larger. It forces me to value every step I take.

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesPencils of Promise and She’s The First.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? It’s hard for me to say my greatest accomplishment because I feel lie I have mini accomplishments every day that I think are great. 

I’m such a klutz that I feel awesome when I don’t spill my coffee all over me, when I make the subway on time, or when I don’t whack something or someone with my awkwardly long limbs.  

I do know, however, that I feel extremely proud and accomplished every time I have put myself outside my comfort zone; like when I ran a hilly trail in DC (Chicagoans like flat), when I traveled alone to Zambia to hear the stories of double and single orphans, when I studied and served in a children’s home in South Africa for five months, when I ran a half-marathon, or when I came to intern in NYC without ever visiting the city. In each experience, I was terrified. But each has proven to be one of the best experiences of my life. It’s when I put myself outside my comfort zone that I feel like I learned and grew the most.

What/who inspires you to stay healthy/make a difference? My mother inspires me to stay healthy and make a difference. She has a chronic illness called Ehlers-Danlos. It’s extremely hard on the body and I’ve watched her struggle to sit on the couch. I have learned to never take health for granted.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike? The Lakeshore Path in Chicago. Watching the sunrise over Lake Michigan while running is pretty priceless.

Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Believing you have a purpose and have value in this world helps motivate you to improve your well-being, because then you want to be healthy to see that purpose through.

What are your health/fitness goals? To run the Boston Marathon and to be able to do a push-up. [Editor’s note- LOL!]

Are there any recipes on the Humana Pinterest board you’d like to try? Yes, the black bean brownies sound interesting.

What’s one thing Humana can do to help you live a healthier lifestyle? I would love to see recopies with the science behind what the food in the recipe does for your body.

Are you training for anything? The Chicago Marathon!

What is the best health advice you’ve ever received? One time I asked my grandfather how he stayed so healthy. He told me he “thinks it.” At first, I thought he was insane, but then his answer started to make more sense. He told me that if I “think it” to be healthy, then eventually I will start acting healthy. It’s our will to do things that leads us to action.

Also, another piece of advice I thought was great was not to listen to all the advice I received. It’s important to research because a lot of health advice out there is misleading. An apple a day does not always keep the doctor away and “diet” foods aren’t always healthier for you.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I’m currently a senior at Loyola University of Chicago with a focus on international and peace studies. I’m a tall and awkward woman that is terrified of blood, is a coffee addict and loves bracelets, running, old dresses, traveling, Lake Michigan, gingersnaps and thunderstorms.

I have a heart for vulnerable children and want to be a mother to nations. I’m the Director of International Operations for Kids Caring 4 Kids and believe everyone has true value, talents and a purpose. I feel the most at home when I’m on my knees and serving others.

I like Charity Miles because it is an incredible reminder that a community of people can change the world and every story/mile matters. Charity Miles allows me to take something that I love, running, and use it to help the lives of others.

Team!
This week’s Humana Health Star is David Hawkins, from Las Vegas, Nevada.
A former inline skater, David is now an active triathlete and coach for the CCFA’s Team Challenge program. He’s currently training for Ironman Chattanooga, and deeply committed to helping others live an active lifestyle.
"Start small and work your way up in distance," says David. "Everyone is given the same amount of hours each day. It’s just a matter of how you use them."
Well said, David.  Thanks for all of your commitment. Keep up the great work!
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Name: David Hawkins
Age: 49
City: Las Vegas, NV
What’s your favorite way to stay active? I recently got into triathlons and really enjoy them but completed my first three half marathons on inline skates. I still enjoy inline skating.
What charities do you like to support with Charity Miles? Mostly CCFA. However, last October, I ran and cycled for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest active accomplishments are completing my first 50 mile run in January and my first century ride in May.
Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike that you haven’t been to yet? The obvious answer is Kona, Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships. But, other than that, I think it would be cool to ride some of the climbs that the Tour de France does— like Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, etc.
What do you do to help your family/community get active? I promote and coach for the Team Challenge endurance training program that supports CCFA.
Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Get out and get active, even if you haven’t ever done so before. Start small and work your way up in distance. Everyone is given the same amount of hours each day. It’s just a matter of how you use them.
What are your health/fitness goals? I’d like to be one of those people that is competing in triathlons and marathons when I’m in my 80’s and beyond.
What is your favorite workout song? Student Driver by Stellar Kart. However, I like many songs by this and other Christian rock bands.
Are you training for anything? Right now, I’m training for Ironman Chattanooga in September.
What is the best health advice you’ve ever received? Stay active as long as you are able!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I started skating when I was 17 and continued until about 4 years ago when I decided to start training for the 2011 Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll. I joined Team Challenge as a participant and later became a mentor and coach for the program. I use Charity Miles to increase the amount of research funding CCFA gets to find a cure, or at least decent treatment for the debilitating and sometimes deadly diseases. I like to challenge everyone I come in contact with, unless they are bound by a physical limitation, to try and do some kind of activity that promotes a more healthy lifestyle. High-res

Team!

This week’s Humana Health Star is David Hawkins, from Las Vegas, Nevada.

A former inline skater, David is now an active triathlete and coach for the CCFA’s Team Challenge program. He’s currently training for Ironman Chattanooga, and deeply committed to helping others live an active lifestyle.

"Start small and work your way up in distance," says David. "Everyone is given the same amount of hours each day. It’s just a matter of how you use them."

Well said, David.  Thanks for all of your commitment. Keep up the great work!

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name: David Hawkins

Age: 49

City: Las Vegas, NV

What’s your favorite way to stay active? I recently got into triathlons and really enjoy them but completed my first three half marathons on inline skates. I still enjoy inline skating.

What charities do you like to support with Charity MilesMostly CCFA. However, last October, I ran and cycled for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

What’s your greatest accomplishment— active or otherwise? My greatest active accomplishments are completing my first 50 mile run in January and my first century ride in May.

Where is one place you’d most like to walk, run or bike that you haven’t been to yet? The obvious answer is Kona, Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships. But, other than that, I think it would be cool to ride some of the climbs that the Tour de France does— like Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, etc.

What do you do to help your family/community get active? I promote and coach for the Team Challenge endurance training program that supports CCFA.

Do you have any tips for others on how to take steps towards improving their well-being? Get out and get active, even if you haven’t ever done so before. Start small and work your way up in distance. Everyone is given the same amount of hours each day. It’s just a matter of how you use them.

What are your health/fitness goals? I’d like to be one of those people that is competing in triathlons and marathons when I’m in my 80’s and beyond.

What is your favorite workout song? Student Driver by Stellar Kart. However, I like many songs by this and other Christian rock bands.

Are you training for anything? Right now, I’m training for Ironman Chattanooga in September.

What is the best health advice you’ve ever received? Stay active as long as you are able!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself in your own words? I started skating when I was 17 and continued until about 4 years ago when I decided to start training for the 2011 Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll. I joined Team Challenge as a participant and later became a mentor and coach for the program. I use Charity Miles to increase the amount of research funding CCFA gets to find a cure, or at least decent treatment for the debilitating and sometimes deadly diseases. I like to challenge everyone I come in contact with, unless they are bound by a physical limitation, to try and do some kind of activity that promotes a more healthy lifestyle.