Worldwide Leaders in Health & Fitness Organization Links

Exercise is Medicine

To make physical activity and exercise a standard part of a disease prevention and treatment medical paradigm in the United States.

For physical activity to be considered by all healthcare providers as a vital sign in every patient visit, and that patients are effectively counseled and referred as to their physical activity and health needs, thus leading to overall improvement in the public’s health and long-term reduction in healthcare cost.


American College of Sports Medicine
…Advancing health through science, education and medicine
Much more than a slogan, the American College of Sports Medicine puts into practice its strategic efforts to advancing the health of all. As the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, ACSM has more than 20,000 International, National, and Regional Chapter members.

Check out the ACSM’s Fit Society Newsletters.

CC Founder/President Gary Westlund is American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health/Fitness Instructor

Be Active Your Way:

CC is an Active Partner with the ‘National Physical Activity Plan

WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

CC Health/Fitness & Atletics Partner Organizations

Charities Challenge and/or its Leadership is an active Member of the following Health/Fitness/Athletics Organizations:



Road Runners Club of America
The Road Runners Club of America is a a non-profit organization whose mission is to grow and support the sport of running

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Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field

Minnesota Distance Running Association
The Minnesota Distance Running Association is Minnesota’s largest running organization with over 3000 members.  The MDRA is a member club of USAFT (US Amateur Track and Field).

The MDRA sponsors races and supports good race management throughout Minnesota. The MDRA publishes the Running Minnesota Annual, the most complete race schedule in Minnesota. The MDRA sponsors training programs for marathon training, beginning runners and women’s programs. It also sponsors Dome Running, Grand Prix Series races, has a free Annual Party in January, and offers free sponsored races during the Spring.

Race Walking in Minnesota

Race Walking Links (thanks to middle schooler, Karlie, who found and recommended this link for CC’s links page)

Twin Cities Race Walkers
Twin Cities Race Walkers is a club that promotes race walking in and around the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul in Minnesota. We each use race walking for our own goals, including competition, challenge, exercise, stress relief and weight loss.
Twin Cities Race Walkers was founded and is led by CC Member and Race Walk Coach
Bruce Leasure

Rowing Concept 2 Indoor Rowing – Highly recommended as its own sport & for cross-training

Professional CareGivers Actively Supporting Athletes

Dr. Carron Perry has been practicing in St. Paul for 10 years at BodyMind Chiropractic Center.  She specializes in athletic injuries and also treats chronic pain.  Her patients include athletes of all ages and their families.  Most insurance is accepted.  Dr. Perry has been an athlete her entire life, playing softball, rugby, running, and now playing hockey.

Carron Perry, D.C.
BodyMind Chiropractic Center
1150 Montreal Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116
(tel)  651-293-1497
(fax) 651-641-1137


Lyn Lake Chiropractic Chiropractic Clinic Care Minneapolis, MN

Lyn Lake Chiropractic, strives to provide patients with superior care by using advanced health care techniques and patient education.


CC’s Coach Gary Westlund with Drs Jill Field & Kevin Schreifels at LynLakeChiropractic Clinic, Sponsors of the Challenge Arthritis 5k