Friday, December 4, 2009

12 Days Gym Use for a $20 Donation to ALS

I just found out about a program that helps people become more fit while also helping find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

ALS destroys the nerve cells controlling muscles, ultimately causing complete paralysis while leaving mental function intact. Survival is typically two to five years after diagnosis, and no cure exists.

Body & Soul donates to a variety of charities and non-profits through used book sales but St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is our primary charity. Until now, it is the only organization I've actively fundraised for through the gym. However, ALS is a horrible disease and my cousin Kathy died from it so being able to contribute to the health of my community while contributing to finding a cure means a lot to me.

Here's how the 12 Days of Fitness works. During December, participating health clubs open their doors to members of the community and invite them to experience 12 consecutive days of fitness at their local fitness center with a donation of $20 to ALS.

It's a great way to get more people, more active, more often and also help raise money for a great cause.

Since Body & Soul is a all-women's facility, I can't offer gym memberships to the guys but...

Since my bootcamp training is co-ed, I've decided to allow any non-member (male or female) who contributes $20 to attend one week (3 days) of bootcamp, even though that program is separate from Body & Soul membership. The regular cost of 4 weeks of bootcamp (12 sessions) is $188 so the week of bootcamp alone is a $47 value.

Bootcamp meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6:30 PM. Body & Soul is open 7 days a week.

Physical activity this time of year is a must. Exercise helps with stress management and weight control. I hope you will join me for 12 days of fitness- you'll benefit yourself and be contributing to a worthy cause.

If you have any questions about the 12 Days of Fitness program, please feel free to call me at (717) 509-7777.

Pass valid for 12 consecutive days and must be used before 12/31/09


Madam Z said...

Sounds like a great deal, as well as a noble cause. But...I'm sick and my husband is lazy, so we're not candidates.

Keep up the good work, Mickey.

Mickey said...

You're already a member, Zelda, you don't need a 12 Day Fitness certificate for Body & Soul. Your husband, OTOH, is another story. :-)

Just do me a favor and pass the info along to anyone who might benefit.

Hope you're feeling better soon. Zumba awaits!