Why I decided to take part in the CP Challenge
By Kristin Marand
I like to consider myself pretty fit, at least most of the time. I always say: you gotta do the good stuff [for your body] so you can get away with the bad. And I must admit, now that summer is over, I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit. So the idea of a fitness challenge was the first thing that attracted me.
More importantly though someone close to me has a disease that affects mobility. In our techno-filled world of modern comforts, I feel like we sometimes take our bodies for granted. We easily forget that through disease, old age or misuse our bodies can lose the most basic abilities.
I am taking part in the CP Challenge because I want to help raise awareness for people that need help with things we do every day, the things we take for granted like getting up out of bed, or walking to the fridge.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement. It is often caused by a pre-birth brain injury and its impact varies from person to person. CP is a lifelong condition whose cause is not fully understood and for which there is no cure. If you know someone who has been affected by CP please consider making a small donation.
Energy 106 and our sister station The Breeze 100.7 set up a team of four co-workers (more about them later). We were all given a pedometer to keep track of our daily steps as well as any other fitness activity we do on our personalized World CP Challenge webpage. Each team enters a division based on the basic fitness level of the team. Each division has a corresponding virtual mountain to climb. You reach the summit based on a daily average of steps. We are “climbing” Mount Exhilarating (division 1), meaning we have to average 8500 steps a day to reach our target. We have four weeks (until Oct 4th) to complete the challenge. I’ll be posting updates to the Energy 106 facebook page so you can check in and see how we’re doing.
Meet the Team (from left to right):
Barry: Producer and News person extraordinaire for The Breeze 100.7, rides his bike to work everyday
Me (Kristin): Midday Announcer & Assistant Music Director at Energy 106, walks to work, does yoga
Marc: Morning Show Producer for Don Percy on The Breeze 100.7, has two jobs that keep him moving!
Mandy: Promotions Coordinator for Energy and The Breeze, one of the busiest people I know! She’s always on the go.