Out and About: Let’s Move for a Better World with YMCA and Stuff the Orlando Magic Mascot

Let's Move for a Better World with YMCA and Stuff the Orlando Magic Mascot -  photo by Anna-Marie Walsh

From March 13 thru March 31, both members and non-members were invited to use the cardio equipment at the Downtown Orlando Central Florida YMCA for free, in order to help with the fitness challenge “Let’s Move for a Better World.”

This worldwide challenge included almost 800 fitness facilities across the globe, with over 140,000 people donating their moves to a great cause. The top facility in each country with the most donated moves, will win the opportunity to donate new state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym to a local school or health facility.

The real winners are those fighting the cause to decrease both childhood obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

Let's Move for a Better World with YMCA and Stuff the Orlando Magic Mascot -  photo by Anna-Marie Walsh

So there I was, hanging out at the Downtown YMCA in Orlando on March 30, when a special friend walked into the cardio equipment room…Stuff, the official mascot of the Orlando Magic.

Stuff brought his running shoes and his staff of assistants to run on the treadmills and donate some moves. And while it was entertaining to watch everyone running, it was also inspiring.

Stuff logged 227 moves over the course of almost a half mile, with his staff collectively donating many more.

The campaign began in 2014 with only 180 facilities and 20,000 participants. Those numbers have greatly increased over the years and this year, the two top finishers in the United States are two local Orlando centers.

At last check, in first place was the Dr. Phillips YMCA in southwest Orlando, and a close second was the Downtown Orlando Central Florida YMCA. Let’s hope they win!!

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About Anna-Marie Walsh

Anna-Marie Walsh is the Head Beet at Beauty and the Beets (the Beauty title has been claimed by the cat). She writes about traveling, visiting unique restaurants and eating vegetables.
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