Why Health?

 
Because HEALTH is the number one key to living your most successful, fulfilling life possible.  Yet, the United States has been experiencing a health and obesity epidemic for decades.  Currently, every 7 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are caused by chronic diseases which could likely be avoided with the knowledge and opportunity to live healthily.  Some outlets have even reported that this generation may even have a lower life expectancy than our parents due to the health crisis.  Additionally, we’re passing it onto our children.  Since 1980, childhood obesity rates have tripled.  Obesity is the direct cause, but it’s a result of lacking health.

 
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What’s the difference in HEALTH and OBESITY?

Health is how you feel.  How happy you are.  How confident you are.  How fulfilled you are.  How hard your heart has to work.

Obesity is the measurement of fat on your body.

Obesity is the result of a lack of health.  By focusing on health and promoting a positive body image, Spark helps teach you, and elementary students, how to feel like you’re getting the most out of life.  A decrease in obesity is simply a side effect.

Your heart rate is a measurement of how many times your heart is beating per minute.  Checking your heart rate at rest, during exercise, or immediately after exercise can give you an idea of your overall health. Generally, the faster your heart rate slows after vigorous exercise, the healthier you are.  Spark embraces that every body is different, which is why we use the heart rate as the standard of measurement in our running clubs.  There are values to tracking obesity, but where health is concerned we like to set goals on a per body basis.  And certainly, a decrease in obesity follows an increase in health.

 

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How does SPARK tackle the health crisis?

From the ground up.

With our children in elementary school running clubs.  With community family 5K’s.  With half marathon’s bringing in runners from all over the U.S.

 

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