Are You Up for the Challenge?

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 Every day is something new in news. Sometimes the story is sad, but there are times when the story is very rewarding and happy. This week I am glad it was an uplifting story. I went out with reporter/anchor Marielena Balouris to CrossFit Chesapeake for the first every “Burpees for Beats” challenge. The gym was full of people getting warmed up for the event. Some were young and some were old, but everyone there appeared to be in great shape.Fourteen-year-old Jameson Long created the event challenge to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. Long’s father was recently diagnosed with heart disease and his grandfather died of a stroke. Long was very surprised to see us show up at the gym because he didn’t know whether we would come or not. I was surprised that the creator of the event was so young. I expected the creator to be much older. Together, Long and his gym coaches, created the “Burpees for Beats” challenge. The workout was to complete 100 burpees and lift a barbell three times over the head every minute. The challenge was to encourage people to be healthy. Long said, “I hope that today, when they walk away, they start to workout more and exercise to prevent heart disease and just try to maintain a healthy heart so they can live longer.”He hopes to make this an annual event and plans to become a cardiologist. According to the American Heart Association, one in three Americans suffers from cardiovascular disease. This event makes me want to workout more and be healthier. I realized I need to take better care of myself to avoid any type of cardiovascular disease. I look forward to the remaining weeks at WAVY as I move to other departments!

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