The Johnson Joggers is a family of joggers, walkers, climbers, skateboarders, and roller skaters. This summer, we tried to join a virtual race that was raising money for The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) whose mission is to ensure that the medically underserved have access to quality health care. What we didn’t count on was the race filling up so fast.
That’s why we decided to do our own exercise challenge to raise money and donate to the organization Every Mother Counts. According to the CDC, in the United States approximately 700 women die annually as a result of pregnancy or its complications and the majority of those deaths are BIPOC. And according to Every Mother Counts, “In some parts of the world, many women have to travel as far as 26 miles to reach a provider or clinic, even when in labor, and often on foot.”
So what’s the challenge? Exercise for 26 minutes a day for 26 days.
Time frame: August 3-31, 2020
What’s the goal? Raise $2600 for Every Mother Counts and raise awareness of the disparity of pre and post-natal health care in the United States and the world at large.
We would love for you to join us! You don’t have to be a Johnson or a jogger. To join us, make a contribution (every little bit helps) and then do your favorite type of exercise for 26 minutes a day from August 3-31. If 100 people donate $26 each, we will reach our goal! Would you like to donate but skip the exercise? That’s okay too! Hopefully this endeavor raises awareness about an issue that affects women around the world.
Want to learn more? Check out these resources!
also see: Hanson C, Cox J, Mbaruku G, et al. Maternal mortality and distance to facility-based obstetric care in rural southern Tanzania: a secondary analysis of cross-sectional census data in 226 000 households. Lancet Glob Health. 2015;3(7):e387-e395. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00048-0