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National Fitness Challenge

National Fitness Challenge Participants Reach Goals Despite Self-Isolation

Staying at home is not stopping participants in this year’s National Fitness Challenge. The quest to stay or become fit has fueled innovative and creative ways of being active during this period of self-isolation. From regular Zoom gatherings, to yoga, to running virtual 5k events and more, the 155 participants in the 10 NFC markets have amassed 21,049 miles in the month of May alone, as tracked by their wearable Fitbits. That’s the equivalent of 41 round trips to the International Space Station! Or one round trip from the northernmost point of North America to the southernmost point of South…  Read More

NFC Participants Travel Equivalent of 11 Times Around Earth


Over the past eight months, more than 450 Americans who are blind and visually impaired participated in the sixth annual National Fitness Challenge, hosted by the United States Association of Blind Athletes. Together, participants took more than 631 million steps, tracked by Fitbit technology, to improve their physical fitness. The final number of "miles traveled" during the eight-month program (276,148) equals an astounding 11 trips around the earth. Seventeen regional partners in nine states hosted multiple events and sports programming for NFC participants throughout the eight-month program. Activities included tandem cycling, beep baseball, yoga, kayaking, skiing, running, 5-a-side soccer, goalball…  Read More

2018-2019 Anthem Foundation/USABA National Fitness Challenge Announced

United States Association of Blind Athletes and Anthem Foundation Partner to Empower People with Visual Impairments to Lead More Active Lifestyles More than 450 people participating in USABA Fitness Challenge Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 10, 2018) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce a $340,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation, the philantrhopic arm of Anthem, Inc to implement the National Fitness Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. For the next eight months, USABA will partner with 17 organizations across the United States to provide more than 450 blind and visually impaired youth and adults…  Read More

Stepping into 2018 with Better Health

More than 340 Americans who are blind and visually impaired took 513 million steps to improve their physical fitness as part of the 2017 USABA-Anthem National Fitness Challenge. Across eight states, participants at 13 partner agencies engaged in sports and fitness programming in their local communities and used Fitbit technology to set goals and track their progress. Their efforts over the nine-month program resulted in weight loss, healthier habits, beating illness and a sense of community. Established in 2011, the National Fitness Challenge has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 people who are blind and visually impaired across the…  Read More

Anthem Foundation and USABA Partner to Inspire Fitness


[srlink]Anthem Foundation has once again graciously awarded the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) grant funding for the National Fitness Challenge. This will be the fifth iteration of the USABA-Anthem National Fitness Challenge. “The Anthem Foundation continues to empower and inspire youth and adults across the nation who are blind and visually impaired by supporting the National Fitness Challenge,” said USABA’s Executive Director, Mark Lucas. “We are honored and excited to once again partner with the Anthem Foundation to cultivate a healthier community.” Established in 2011, the National Fitness Challenge has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 people who are…  Read More

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