With every new year comes our famous, or sometimes infamous, resolutions. Here is one though that I think everyone can happily stay the course with: Charity Miles.
It's exercising for a cause, one greater than yourself. You just download the free Charity Miles app (www.charitymiles.org) onto your smartphone. Bring it with you as you walk, run or bike. You just have to select a charity, click start, and begin your workout.
Every mile you exercise raises money for a charity of your choice. Feeding America, the Wounded Warrior Project, The World Food Programme, Stand up to Cancer, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Special Olympics are just a few of the charities you can help.
The Charity Miles donations are paid for by a corporate sponsorship pool. So it's totally free for you. Your role is that of a sports ambassador for these causes. When your workouts are done, just click the twitter or facebook buttons on the app and you can post your workout results and share your cause.
If schools give credit for physical education courses, they could also add Charity Miles to this program.
While on the topic of schools, I would like to mention the online game FreeRice. The SAT is around the corner for many high school students. They can do practice questions using the FreeRice SAT prep section. Every correct answer playing this game means a donation of ten grains of rice to the UN World Food Programme, the largest food aid organization.
Currently the FreeRice is helping raise donations for school feeding in Niger, a country that has been struck by drought while also taking on refugees from the war in Mali. FreeRice (www.freerice.com) is a great learning and charitable tool that teachers can implement into many of their courses.
There are so many thousands of questions to choose from, there is something for everybody. There is even a famous quotes section you can play to get a little inspiration to start your day.
These tools are great for integrating your daily activities with charitable causes. I think the most important result is that it binds together people and communities. For that is the only way we can end world hunger, defeat cancer and other diseases, and help numerous other causes.