Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring David Fields, a dedicated runner who served in the Peace Corps in sub-Saharan Ghana for 27 months.
Here’s what he had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
Completing my service as a Peace Corps volunteer and knowing that I left my community in a healthier position then when I found it.
How did you achieve it?
The United States Peace Corps and the support they provided during my service is what enabled me to accomplish my goals. The support I received from Sarah Reynolds and the hard working volunteers made all the difference. In my community I could not have accomplished my goals without becoming an example to my community and charity miles played a big part.
Joining the Peace Corps was the best decision I have ever made. I am so proud to be from and represent a country that has made a commitment to development abroad. Currently the Peace Corps operate in 76 countries. Even within a single country you have communities with different needs. Not every village struggles with food. Some need a higher focus on health, economic growth, or Education. This is where the beauty of Peace Corps is highlighted.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
My motivation to make the world a better place comes from being an American. Even during our tough economic times America continues to show a commitment to development abroad. USAID and the Peace Corps are two federal agencies that set the standard for creating change and making the world a better place. Through this example I am able to push myself to do my part.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
In Ghana I was able to stay healthy and fit by simply gathering water and eating locally grown food. Now that I have returned to the states, I maintain my fitness by attending Cross Fit in the mornings before going to work for my non-profit and continuing to eat local food in the right portion.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The Best advice I ever received was from my older brother, Kyle Fields, who told me to live each day as the star of my own movie. Every hero movie has a moment where the antagonist makes an active decision to turn his life around. These have to be a conscious decisions and it is never to late to make a change and make a difference.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
In 2007, there were over 800 million people starving on the planet. At the same time, one billion people were overweight. Hunger is not just an issue of enough food; it’s a problem of distributing the food we have. And, weight is not just an issue of food; it’s about living a healthy lifestyle. Using Charity Miles I am able to support both ends of this problem. I can run, walk, or bike to stay health and at the same time support an organization that brings food to the people in the world who really need it.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I exercise for the World Food Program. I have seen firsthand the difference they make in rural communities.