Meet a Health Hero: David April
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Name: David April
Role: Founder of the weekly running club Fishtown Beer Runners.
Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
Motivating others drives me. Whenever I think I can’t, I remember the many people who’ve told me that my running and club transformed their lives. Whether it is someone running their first mile or being lifted out of depression, other people’s successes push me forward.
Describe a health or fitness-related turning point in your life.
Several years ago, I was depressed, angry and confused when I hit my lowest point. Rather than give in to self-destructive behavior, something deep within compelled me to walk out the front door and run to the end of the block. From that point on, running became my medicine and gave me back control over my life.
What policy would you institute to make Greater Philadelphia a healthier region?
Tax incentives and infrastructure support to encourage the building of supermarkets that provide nutritious and affordable food in low-income neighborhoods. According to the Food Trust, there is a direct link between diet-related diseases and lack of supermarket access.
What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?
Consistency. Running is a “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” sport and I quickly become unfocused and low energy when missing several days in a row. A family man with many commitments, I am now more diligent about planning running into my schedule and keeping it an important part of my lifestyle.
What is your number one piece of health-related advice or encouragement?
Don’t be intimidated or let negative thoughts prevent you from exercising — oh, and bring a friend along for extra motivation. I began Fishtown Beer Runners because I was afraid to join a traditional training running club. I found the same was true for others. Enjoying a beer responsibly after a run is intriguing to many and encourages new and veteran runners to interact, share experiences, and to run throughout the week. Challenge your fears and take that first step; you just might be surprised by what you discover.
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