THE CALL TO RUN
In November 2001, at the age of 39, Alan Brock’s life fell apart. Depressed and lethargic, he turned to food for comfort. By October 2004, his weight had climbed to 287 pounds, a full 109 pounds above his normal weight. As a minister, he knew where to turn for help. The answer came in a still, small voice... "Get up and run".
He entered a local health management program, and within four months, he had dropped enough weight to finish his first 5K run. By August 2005, he had returned to his pre-depression weight of 178 pounds and finished the infamous Pikes Peak Marathon.
Several months later, he started Fit2Endure, a faith and fitness ministry. The non-profit organization serves as a unique community resource by offering seminars, which provide motivational tips on how to create a healthy lifestyle. Brock’s desire is to help people to "live alive."
He firmly believes that physical fitness directly impacts every facet of one’s life.
AN ALARMING REALITY
The National Center for Health Statistics has revealed that in the US alone 15 percent of preschool children are obese, 19 percent of children ages 6-11 are obese and 17 percent of adolescents 12-19 are obese, creating an increased risk factor for cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal and pulmonary problems, as well as psychological disorders such as depression. The increase in health care costs as well as the mortality rate associated with obesity, according to the surgeon general, may exceed those associated with smoking.