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May 23, 2013
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Tri It: It's Not Just for Ironmen Anymore

Tri It: It's Not Just for Ironmen Anymore

Photo courtesy of Molly Crossen

I just finished a story on kids' triathlons for the August issue, so I'm not going to spoil it here. However, I did want to plug an event in my own back yard.

The Sawyer Crossen Memorial Triathlon is fast approaching. It's a kids' tri on June 1 in Monona. The event raises money in memory of Sawyer, who died in infancy, and the funds go back to a local school and the parks and recreation department. More than a fundraiser, though, this is a really cool opportunity for kids to get out and accomplish a physical feat. The course is well supported, and post-race activities include face painting, music and a bunch of local mascots--including Bucky Badger.

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Contrary to the title of this blog, I'm not always on a health kick. I try (for the most part) to eat well and exercise regularly, but I'm far, far from perfect. I do, though, enjoy learning about health trends and scientific discoveries, and I hope to share information and pose questions that you might find interesting or useful. Hey, if you get a little inspired while you're reading, all the better. Just don't expect it on a regular basis. I'm a writer, not a celebrity trainer.

Why health? Well, I've been around the block enough times that I don't take it for granted anymore. I also recognize that our health is the result of myriad factors ranging from genetics to diet to habits to socioeconomic status to prejudices and beyond. It's a complicated puzzle with different pieces for each of us. That means there are few guarantees or absolutes and still a ton to discover. I never liked the rigidity of science in practice, but I love the insights it produces.

So let's start 2013 on a Health Kick. With any luck, we'll all be better for it.

– Jennifer Garrett 

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