When it comes to existing conditions of stress, obesity, diabetes or heart disease, running and walking, or any kind of regular movement is so good for our physical and mental health. According to a 2014 study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a regular routine of running just 50 minutes per week, or five to 10 minutes per day can cause a 30 percent drop in mortality risk and add three years to your lifespan. It helps to maintain a healthy heart, a healthy weight, and lower our chance of having those pre-existing conditions that make life harder. And make you more susceptible to the coronavirus as well as other diseases. You don’t have to become a marathoner. As opposed to a sedentary lifestyle, just moving more does wonders for your health.
More on these ideas from Faith Morris, Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer at the National Civil Rights Museum.
MORRIS: Fitness and justice. Fitness and civil rights. We talk about education being a civil right. Well, health is a civil right. Being able to enjoy your health, to understand the importance of fitness. It’s hard to get a whole lot else done if you're not well, if you’re not taking care of your body, if you’re not taking care of your physical being. Add that to being targeted. Add that to being jailed unjustly. Add that to being killed with very little reason, for minor crimes. Add that to just being targets of bias and racism and all the other harsh things that people go through.
With COVID when you think about the first responders, and you see that it’s more than our doctors, our health providers. These are folks who are driving buses. These are folks who are taking out the trash. These are people on the front lines that, frankly, don’t have the luxury of working remotely. They don’t have that set up. They have to go to work in the middle of a pandemic.
And then when you talk about being able to be tested, and some of the disparities there. Who gets tested. It’s really an interesting web that we’ve woven around health.
ARNOLD: How do you think that something like running or sport could actually help shape positive change? Like, how could The One Million Miles for Justice Event, this one event, how can that translate into something bigger and more meaningful?
MORRIS: What I love about One Million Miles for Justice is you just decide how you want to do it. Talk about encouraging people to move. To create more awareness about fitness and health, and to tie that into something else that is such a huge issue. To be able to run for a cause, to be able to run with the understanding that there is more that we can do to try to right this course and to be able to raise funds for organizations that have as their mission to do just that. And it was a very fit for the National Civil Rights Museum because of what we do every day.
Arnold: Yeah, can you talk a little more about your connection with the civil rights race series in general? I know when in person events were happening there was an in-person component to what they were doing. What has that been like for you all?
MORRIS: Well, you know what I love about what Raynard and Vergil are doing with the race series is they’re going around the county and they’re creating awareness of these civil rights sites. The places where civil rights either happened or are being chronicled, so folks will know what’s happened. What happened then. And how it connects to what’s happening now. I think what they’re doing is really worthy of attention, and participation and support. And they’re doing it in a way that has a little entertainment and an outlet to it. In some instances they’re introducing you to something you didn’t know. Or broadening your understanding of it because they’re spending some time emphasizing and focusing on what the civil rights entity is about and who’s impacted by the stories that they tell. So, I love the concept and I want them to keep it going and I want folks to get on board and help keep this kind of movement moving on.