GreenField Health patient Colin O’Brady’s Fitbit is probably exploding by now. The professional endurance athlete is on a quest to raise $1 million to fight childhood obesity—by climbing seven summits and trekking to both the North and South Poles in just six months.
As his website says, “Seven Summits. Two Poles. One million to INSPIRE ACTIVE, HEALTHY KIDS.”
The project, called ‘BEYOND 7/2,’ began in January 2016, Colin’s goal being “become the fastest person to complete the Explorers Grand Slam.” Only 44 people have ever accomplished this, and only two in under a year. Colin plans to do this in only six months—and shatter a world record in the process. O'Brady's quest has attracted national attention with features in Men's Journal and Parade magazines.
He's well on his way. As O'Brady reported in a blog post on March 11, "Two months ago today I reached the South Pole and the world record clock officially started for BEYOND 7/2. Today I summited Mt. Elbrus, the tallest mountain in Europe. Now six of the nine expeditions are complete! Only 1/3 of the project remains; I never expected to be this ahead of schedule! That said, the most challenging expeditions are yet to come."
BEYOND 7/2 aims to raise $1 million to combat childhood obesity in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a not-for-profit founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation whose mission is to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.
Today in America, one out of three children and adolescents is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems. O'Brady is excited to champion this cause as he has reaped the benefits of healthy eating and exercise in his own life. His dream: to inspire kids and adults to live active, healthy lives.
We're cheering O'Brady all the way as he climbs and treks his way into the record books for a great cause. To keep track of his progress, read his excellent blog posts. To subscribe for email notifications on his progress, go to http://eepurl.com/bMvubL