How’d you spend your summer?
If you’re Chris and Heather Hartridge, USANA Silver Directors from British Columbia, you hopped on your bike and pedaled 2,250 kilometers through some of the most scenic areas of western North America.
“One thing we really strongly believe in is taking care of yourself,” Heather says. “We really strongly believe in eating well, getting good rest, taking your vitamins.”
Staying physically fit is also a major component of their healthy lifestyle.
That philosophy fit perfectly with the latest adventure.
The couple’s nearly two-month trip culminated last week in Salt Lake City, just in time for the opening of the 2013 USANA International Convention.
“The theme of this year’s convention is ‘Live It’ and we’ve certainly been living it along the way,” Chris says. “We’re really excited to be here because this is a fulfillment of a dream to actually ride our bicycles from Canada to the Salt Lake City convention.”
The journey featured a few challenges, including a massive windstorm near Bear Lake, Utah, in which the riders’ tent took off like a tumbleweed. But overall, the experienced cyclists kept on track and truly enjoyed their time on the open road, especially considering the ride’s deeper purpose.
The Hartridges created the just-completed Ride for True Health to raise money and awareness for the USANA True Health Foundation, an organization whose mission is to provide the most critical human necessities — nutrition, clothing, shelter, medical assistance, and health education — to those who are suffering or in need.
Chris and Heather have an appreciation for Sanoviv Medical Institute, which offers alternative, holistic and integrative health programs. One facet of the USANA True Health Foundation is the Sanoviv Medical Assistance Program, which strives to provide aid for people in need who could not otherwise afford to experience Sanoviv.
“When we decided we were actually going to ride here this year on our bikes, we thought why not make it a fundraiser for a good cause,” Chris says. “We came up with the USANA True Health Foundation, particularly because of their Sanoviv Medical Assistance Program.”
In honor of the Hartridges’ devotion to helping children in need, the couple received the 2013 USANA Champions for Change Award, which was presented to them last week at the International Convention.
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Photos & More Information
Read more about the Hartridges’ journey on their blog or in this news release. Be sure to check out photos from the Ride for True Health and visit the USANA True Health Foundation to learn more about how you can help support the organization, which raised more than $3.2 million in 2012.