August 19, 2021

Healthy Habits from Chris Fettes

Christopher Fettes, MA (Instructor and Program Coordinator, recipient of the COPH Best Staff Excellence Award, 2021) After I graduated college and started working in an office, I took an interest in running for exercise to compensate for lower levels of activity. I ran with several coworkers during our lunch breaks, and soon one of them suggested we attend an interest meeting for Team in Training. Team in Training supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through fundraisers linked to marathons, major hikes, century bike rides, and other endurance events. I committed to the program and raised several thousand dollars as I trained for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon in honor of my father, who died of lymphoma the prior year. Since then, I have completed several marathons and half-marathons linked to fundraising efforts. In March 2020, I completed the Little Rock Half Marathon and raised funds for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. When I consider registering for races, the charitable activities associated with each event are among my primary concerns. Running has been a way for me to maintain my physical and mental health, but has also given me opportunities to support organizations doing important work for the benefit of sick and financially disadvantaged people.