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My name is George Singfield and I am Principal at Symmes/D'Arcy McGee High School and Onslow Elementary School. A typical day for me usually starts with waking up between 4:30-5:00 am. I tend to watch some television and sort through email. In the past I have been able to be fairly active, but now my days are usually full and it seems I cannot find time to exercise. I referee between 4-8 basketball games per week and so I usually do not get home before 6:00 pm. I used to go for an evening walk after supper, but lately I have not been doing that.

I am now 48 years old, and have recently been diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic. I was very upset with myself when I first found out. I began making healthier choices with my diet and exercise routine, but unfortunately these healthy behaviors did not persist. I've reached a point in my life where I feel I need to make a change. I want to take on this Health and Physical Activity Challenge, and I want to set a few goals in the process. By changing my eating habits and following a running program, I hope to lose weight and possibly reverse my diabetes. I have also registered for the 2012 Ottawa Half Marathon in May (I will run on behalf of Team Diabetes) and a 50km run for this upcoming fall.

Physical Activity Challenge

I'm very excited and looking forward to this journey towards a healthy and active lifestyle. Fellow administrators, teachers, students and school communities, it's my hope that you will become involved too! I challenge all of you to adopt this physical activity challenge and join me to run, get fit and commit to a healthy lifestyle!

George's Progress Updates

Following in the footsteps of Principal George, i2P Educator and Symmes/D'Arcy McGee teacher Adriana Rossi and her colleagues will also be participating in the Physical Activity Challenge. George's initiative in taking on this challenge has inspired dozens of teachers from Symmes/D'Arcy McGee to do the same, and train for the i2P Educators Run. Their journey towards a physically active lifestyle will be celebrated with a 50km run in Fall 2012. Not only are these teachers supporting their principal and adopting physical activity within their own lives, but they are also challenging their students to do the same. In fact, alongside Principal George, they are challenging school communities, administrators, teachers and students from all over to take on this 8-week Physical Activity Challenge!

Fortunately, administrators and teachers participating in Expreso de los Andes have their own private strength and conditioning specialist: John Zahab. Check out Trainer John's page so you can download the Running and Strength & Stability programs! Dr. Greg Wells will also be collecting Exercise Physiology data from Ray as he makes his way across South America, giving us insight into the effects of endurance on long multi-day runs and, in turn, giving relevance for everyday activity. Don't forget to check out additional Sport Psychology and Sports Nutrition resources in the Science page for some great tips!

John's Training Plans

Trainer John has developed complementing Running and Strength & Stability programs to help you get started! Don't forget to visit the Strength & Conditioning page to find John's Training Videos and Trainer Derrick's Running Tips!

Teacher Challenge Progress Updates

We encourage school communities, administrators, teachers and students to share their Physical Activity Challenge progress. Send your photos & videos to Matt Howe or Adriana Rossi and we'll share it on the website!