On Monday, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro awarded seven ‘healthy heroes’ for their commitment to fitness and healthy lifestyle.
The Mayor's Fitness Counicl received over 150 nominees and only the top seven were selected. Mary Ullmann Japhet, the chair of the Mayor’s Fitness Council, said the group selected is a perfect example for the city of San Antonio.
“It doesn’t have to be a monumental change it can be a small change,” she said. “Every one of us can make a difference to make San Antonio a more fit community.”
The seven selected were nominated by friends, family and co-workers as individuals committed to their own healthy lifestyle and to encouraging others. The group of seven included: adults, teens and youths.
“The kids are a particular inspiration because we don't expect it from them...we expect them to be told what to do,” Japhet said. “But what we see is the opposite; in fact they're showing us what to do to be healthier adults.”
Sarah Cazares, one of the seven selected, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and said she turned to fitness as a way to maintain her health.
“In the last two years I’ve worked very hard to maintain my lung function by running and staying healthy,” she said. “Last year I ran two half marathons and a combination of 10 races on about 45 percent on my lung function… if I can do it, anyone can.”