Project L.O.U. "Lifting Others Up"
Lou Fitness is a Personal Trainer in St. Louis, MO who has dedicated his time and efforts to Lifting Others Up. His journey has been anything other than easy, but he has managed to make a name in the city for training and changing lives. He trains clients in a small store front along side of another personal trainer. The gym is located in Pine Lawn, MO at 6255 Natural Bridge Rd. Lou plans to bring hope and change the face of the low-income community. A bigger gym with more amenities will decrease crime and obesity in the community. Families will have a place to exercise and perform different physical activities in a clean and safe environment. There are many building available in the area that can be renovated or rented out for this project to be successful.
Low-income people suffer disproportionately from health problems related to physical
inactivity. People from households with incomes below $15,000 are much more likely to
be diagnosed with diabetes or asthma, to be obese, and to be at risk for health problems
related to lack of exercise than people from households with incomes above $50,000. Specific physical and social barriers to physical activity for low-income people may vary depending on whether they live in urban, suburban or rural areas or in places that are predominantly low-income.
Low-income status also disproportionately affects racial minorities and exacerbates racial health
Regular physical activity improves health and quality of life. It reduces by 50% the risk of developing
coronary heart disease, adult diabetes and obesity. It reduces by 30% the risk of developing
hypertension. It also reduces osteoporosis, relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety, and prevents
falls in the elderly.
Low-income people often confront difficult social and environmental barriers to physical activity and
have less means to overcome them than other income groups. Some of the most common barriers
include: long distances to important daily destinations, lack of meaningful transportation choice,
unsafe neighborhood and traffic conditions, poor access to parks and recreational facilities, air
pollution, lack of time, poor health and lack of social support for exercise. While many of these
barriers also exist for other income groups, they often exist to a greater degree in low-income
communities. Low-income people are also less able financially to choose more activity-friendly
alternatives such as: living closer to work or in a safer and cleaner neighborhood, purchasing a health
club membership, paying a fee to visit the community pool or recreation center, or purchasing services
that afford time for physical activity such as housecleaning or childcare.
I hope all of this makes it easier for you to donate to a greater cause. Project L.O.U. “Lifting Others Up”