In this episode I talk with Jennifer Visscher about Walk AS One. Jennifer is the Founder and President of Walk AS One, an all volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization that mobilizes and motivates a global community to raise awareness and address the challenges of those affected by Ankylosing Spondylitis/Axial Spondyloarthritis and its family of related diseases.
Walk AS One’s main goal is to encourage and motivate those with Ankylosing Spondylitis to be more active through walking and regular exercise. Walking is known to have great health benefits, especially for those with AS/AxSpa.
Each May, Walk AS One holds their month-long virtual walk event Walk Your AS Off during Arthritis Awareness Month. Walkers from all corners of the globe come together as a community to track and log steps as teams and individuals - a goal to collectively take over 316 Billion steps (or the amount of steps it would take to reach Mars). This is a far reaching goal that will take years to accomplish and no contribution is too small. Each step counts from all levels and there is no cost to participate.
Jennifer invites you to join her team, The Blue Apples, or form your own team. You may add your steps just in May or year round but we always make extra effort during awareness month and for World AS Day that happens the first Saturday of May.
Jennifer’s passion is growing Walk AS One but she is also an accomplished artist. Her work can be found at JenniferVisscher.com
All the below links are affiliate links. If you purchase any of the items, I may earn a small commission. It does not change the price of items.
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