Beliefnet and Kathy Smith Team Up for the First-Ever "America Walks with Kathy Smith"
Community Members Aim to Log 3,000 Miles in One Day at the Culmination of a 10-Month Journey Toward Health and Wellness
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– Creating Healthy Change With Commitment, Support and Inspiration –
New York , NY – March 25, 2008 – Beliefnet.com, the leading online community for faith and inspiration, is partnering with best-selling author and fitness advisor, Kathy Smith on a 10-month journey toward health and wellness through the physical and spiritual exercise of walking. The "America Walks with Kathy Smith" program is intended to support and help motivate walkers as they exercise by encouraging spiritual reflection about how walking practice improves physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
During the training period, participants who join Kathy Smith’s Spiritual Walking Group at Beliefnet Community will go online to record daily, weekly and monthly miles walked outdoors or at the gym. At the culmination of the program on October 4, 2008, each participant will do a five-mile walk and then log their miles online. The goal is for group members to log enough miles on October 4, to “walk” the 3,000-mile coast-to-coast distance of the United States. A map of the U.S. will chart how many miles have been walked and where.
“Creating change is a spiritual commitment,” says Kathy Smith, “and practicing to become healthier in our bodies begins internally. Too many people think you have to torture yourself to get fit and become healthy, but as we’re beginning to discover in our Spiritual Walking Group, walking toward wellness happens one step at a time. I’m glad to be part of Beliefnet’s commitment to exploring the path to physical, mental and spiritual well-being.”
Discussion posts for the Spiritual Walking Group explore types of walking, goal setting and stretching to name just a few of the many topics that will be introduced in the 10-month training program. Members and groups walking for a cause can take advantage of Beliefnet’s donation badge, customized by Network for Good, the web's leading resource for bringing together donors, volunteers and charities. And of course, Kathy’s inspirational guidance and monthly incentives will help members keep their eyes on the prize as they work toward the common goal of creating healthier bodies, minds, spirits and communities.