Thursday, April 02, 2009

Log Those Miles with BeeWell

I've been walking 2 miles every weekday morning since Cory was a baby. That's 16 years of walking. I haven't actually kept track of all my miles, but if I figure about 50 weeks at 10 miles each 16 years I get - a lot of miles! I should probably do the math, huh? One of these days.

I have been keeping track of my miles for about the last year on my LiveJournal. I got a new pair of walking shoes, and I wanted to keep track of the miles I walked in them. They've about reached the end of their life now, but they've served me well for 400 miles. (If I round to 400 miles per year for 16 years, I get 6400 miles - how's that for math?)

Today I signed up for BeeWell Miles , and I'm going to continue tracking my miles. Now it's for something even more important than knowing when it's time to replace the walking shoes. With BeeWell Miles, Bumble Bee Foods will donate $0.15/mile for every mile logged, up to $150,000. When more than 1 million miles are logged, Bumble Bee Foods will donate an additional $50,000, for a total of $200,000. Donations go to help Breast Cancer Network of Strength provide emotional support to those who can't wait for tomorrow's cure.

The campaign runs from 4/1/09-10/31/09, so it just started yesterday, and I've already logged my miles for yesterday and today. 60¢ gets donated for those miles, and by logging all my miles through the end of October, I can donate almost $2 per week. It may not sound like a lot, but I'm just one person. The more people who sign up for BeeWell Miles, the more miles that will get logged, and the more money that gets donated. Since Jeffrey started walking with me a little over a year ago (that's him in the picture) I ought to have him sign up and log his miles, too.

Besides being a great way to help other people, BeeWell Miles looks like a great way to get moving toward a healthier lifestyle. There are all kinds of resources on the site, like articles to help you get more benefits from walking or running, tips on eating well and making wise choices, community forums where you can meet and interact with other BeeWell members, and a great tool for calculating the mileage of your walking routes. So far that last one is the only one I've used. I found out that my route is actually 1.86 miles instead of actually 2 - but it still counts as 2 miles!

If you've been thinking about getting healthier, let BeeWell Miles help you. If you're already running or walking, why not log those miles and help make a difference for breast cancer NOW.