July 17, 2015
Aggie Rieger: I grew up with unhealthy foods and habits. The result was general lethargy, illness and, in my immediate family, premature death. I started jogging in high school after my dad passed away from a heart attack – most likely a result of not always taking the best care of himself. When I began college, I wanted to be adventurous and do ridiculous things I never thought I’d do. For me, that meant doing a push-up. I became an athlete! I found an incredible support system! I began to think of my body as cool and worthwhile! Today, being active means being adventurous, having fun, finding connections, and loving myself and my body. At the end of the day, being active also means respecting my dad’s memory.