When it comes to wellness, James McGee, the Fund’s Executive Director, tries to practice what he preaches.
He began bicycling to work 40 years ago when it was less fashionable. To this day he’ll make the 20 mile commute from home several times throughout the summer. Recently, his son asked him to join him and his girlfriend on a 300 mile four day bike ride to raise money for an urban gardening project in Grand Rapids, MI, and other environmental causes---he could hardly say no.
He trained all summer and on September 9th completed the full 300+ miles from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago, IL!
The training not only allowed Jim to finish the event but he experienced some valuable health benefits too! He was happy to share that he lowered his blood pressure by 20 points and his resting heart rate by 20 bpm.
What surprised him the most though, was that the chronic knee and hip pain he had experienced at the beginning of the year has almost disappeared.
Will he keep up the training effort? Ask him when you see him.
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