There’s no better way to enrich your life than by making a difference in someone else’s. Volunteering is a great way to do just that. No matter how old, or young you are, giving just a bit of yourself can be all it takes to break the ice, and give someone the push they need. A nationwide program called Gliding Stars encourages special needs kids to go skating. Paired with able-bodied volunteers, the ice offers exercise, independence and joy in a most unexpected way for both clients and volunteers.
Joan Benoit Samuelson may be the most inspiring female distance runner ever. In 1984 she won gold in the first Women’s Marathon ever held at the Olympics. Just weeks ago at the age of 60, she completed the Boston Marathon within 30 minutes of her very first time, exactly forty years ago. Joan shares with Growing Bolder what she believes it takes to stay in the race at any age.
For the last several years, Growing Bolder has given you in insider’s look at a revolutionary new building taking shape in Winter Park, Florida. In just days, the Center for Health & Wellbeing, which combines wholeness, fitness and medicine under one roof, will open its doors. Growing Bolder has been there every step of the way, documenting the journey from dream to reality. Watch this mini version of our upcoming documentary, “A Revolution in Wellbeing.”
It’s not the “retirement” Joanie Schirm imagined. A family mystery turned into a global quest, a journey of discovery, and a personal transformation into an internationally respected scholar, teacher and author. Her new book is a great read and a powerful reminder of the dangers of human aggression and intolerance and the power of love and compassion.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor Benoit Glazer risked his family’s entire life savings in order to launch a cultural movement inside the family’s home. See how is passion for the arts has forever changed an entire community.
Growing Bolder Medical Director Dr. Robert Masson has accepted a challenge to help transform one of the world’s most important medical procedures. Be the Match, the global leader in bone marrow transplantation, challenged Dr. Masson to re-invent the procedure by which bone marrow is harvested and transplanted. They wanted something that was minimally invasive, painless and quick — something that would encourage more donation of life-saving marrow. They came to the right guy.
As the number of World War II veterans continues to dwindle, learning what we can from them becomes more important. Especially those who fought not only our enemies overseas, but also prejudice at home. The African Americans who became known as the Tuskegee Airmen proved to be among the most inspiring. At 95, Richard Hall is among a small handful who remain. He shares his thoughts, his memories and wisdom about war and life.
If you’ve ever had a big thought, idea or dream, only to think of a million reasons why if you tried to make it a reality you would probably fail, you’ll be especially interested in this story. Jenn Ross’ dream was to open a restaurant, a vegan restaurant in an economically disadvantaged area. Everyone advised her against it. But she decided to give it a try.
Some people seem know exactly what they want to do in life from the moment that they are born. If you’re not one of them, you’re far from alone. Searching for something to be passionate about isn’t always easy. In fact, many have found something they love when they least expected it. Discovering a direction for your life can happen in the most unusual places and the most unexpected ways. But as the two people in this story learned, you have to take a chance before your dreams can take flight.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of people in this country do not engage in the total recommended amount of exercise needed to stay healthy. One of the most common reasons given is that many just do not want to go to a gym. But exercise does not have to be work. Here’s a lesson from a group of women between the ages of 75 and 96 who have found a way of disguising their exercise as fun.