Binational fitness challenge wants to create new appreciation for exercise on both sides of the border

Binational fitness challenge wants to create new appreciation for exercise on both sides of the border

LatinaLista — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in July that the percentage of obese U.S. adults grew from under 24 percent to 25.6 percent between 2005 and 2007. Yet, if they had singled out one particular part of the country, they would have found a far worse situation.
In South Texas, 30 percent of all South Texans are obese but 34 percent of Latino residents in South Texas are obese. Needless to say, too many of these Latinos also suffer with diabetes.
' border=
But there's one South Texas Latino who wants to change those dismal numbers. His name is Jorge Vela and he's a personal trainer by profession and the creator of the first binational fitness boot camp dubbed The SPI Boot Camp Challenge.
Vela lives in one of the most beautiful parts of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). Within the borders of the RGV is South Padre Island, a popular beach and summer vacation resort. It's on the beach that Vela would like to bring families together to compete in a team fitness challenge that includes a 3 mile natural dune obstacle course run for adults, military style obstacles, push up stations, muddy obstacles, bay area water obstacles and a 1 mile obstacle course for kids.
Of course, Vela's intent for the boot camp is to raise awareness on being fit and healthy. He has an ambitious goal of eliminating obesity and creating a healthy mindset towards exercise and physical activity.
In fact, he hopes this first SPI Boot Camp Challenge will attract 1,000 men, women and children from all over the state of Texas and nearby states, as well as, Mexico. Vela is so passionate about eradicating unhealthy lifestyles in the South Texas Valley that he is dedicating a portion of the proceeds to two local scholarship organizations for students who are majoring in exercise science at any college or university in South Texas.
The SPI Boot Camp Challenge takes place Saturday, November 8, 2008. Online registration deadline is November 1.
While a beach resort area may be the last place anyone would want to compete in a fitness challenge, it makes a perfect reward to enjoy after the competition is over.

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply


More in Education


Even with college acceptance in hand, too many low-income Latinos never make it to campus

Latina ListaAugust 17, 2015

Texas Dreamers celebrate in-state tuition preservation

Latina ListaJune 3, 2015

Latino immigrants most appreciative of their local public libraries

Latina ListaMarch 17, 2015

New data shows Latino students’ work paying off on closing the achievement gap

Latina ListaMarch 16, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 2.13.44 PM

College advisor pens song advocating educational rights for DREAMers

Latina ListaMarch 2, 2015
Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 3.12.32 PM

New report highlights Latinos show ganas to earn degrees but still falling short

Latina ListaJanuary 22, 2015

New study finds historic high of Latino students achieved bachelor’s degrees in engineering and the physical sciences in 2012

Latina ListaDecember 4, 2014

Too many Latino students battle low expectations from their teachers

Latina ListaOctober 6, 2014

Another example of how education isn’t the great equalizer for many Latinos

Latina ListaSeptember 25, 2014