Africa Bound! Health Advocacy Around the World


So extremely EXCITED to share with you all that this September I have the opportunity to go to Kenya with a team from our local community to support and work with an amazing organization called HEART (Health Education Africa Resource Team). KENYA!!! {I still have to process that I will actually be going there} This organization empowers current and future generations of African people to improve their physical, spiritual, and emotional health.

These are all areas that I am extremely passionate about as a health advocate! Not only will we be in one of the largest slum areas in the world, but we will be working to make a difference in several impoverished areas.

On this trip we will be working specifically with a few different programs that are extremely powerful. One opportunity is working with a special group of women in their WEEP program. These ladies are HIV positive and have been abandoned or widowed by their spouses. Saving their lives spares the children from becoming orphans and a continued heartwrenching cycle of issues to trickle down among the family. Once the ladies are admitted into the program, they receive holistic care, medicine to treat their disease, and also ensures that their children have the resources to attend school. In addition, they attend a program over twelve months that teaches them skills, resources, and a trade so once they graduate from this program they can go start their own businesses and support their families. We have the honor of being there for this year's graduating class! Awesome!!! We are honored to celebrate them as mothers, celebrate their health in mind, body & spirit, as well as, celebrating a thriving future as they go begin their new businesses.

In addition to the WEEP Program, we will also be involved in a fundraiser for their Freedom for Girls Program. Freedom for Girls provides sanitary towels, panties, and health education pamphlet to schoolgirls. The need for the project came after the realization that many girls miss 4-5 days of school every month during menstruation. "When the schoolgirl menstruates she stays home. When she's older, that's all she'll be qualified to do."

It is absolutely crazy to me that something as basic as access to monthly female products, allows these girls to miss and drop out of school!!! Seriously! Education is key to all in this world and is a dealbreaker for these kids. One year's supply for one girl is $5. Just think, it costs a measly $50 a year to support ten girls so that they can stay in school... WOW! Makes me strongly consider my Starbucks habit.

I look forward to serving and working beside these people. I am excited to see all that the HEART organization is involved in while fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the lives they are changing, and the REAL difference they are making in their communities. Fortunately, we are blessed to financially be able to afford the cost of the trip. Although travel costs will be met, we have some specific needs that we are trying to fund that could use your financial support if you feel in your heart that you would like to support in that way. Three specific needs to be funded are:

  1. Reading glasses for the women in the program.

  2. $150+ for each of the 13 women in the graduating class so that they can start their businesses.

  3. Lunch at the park. A rare opportunity for the women to gather together and we provide lunch and activities for their children so they get some time out for themselves.

If you feel in your heart that you would like to support these needs, you can donate here . {please scroll down to Kenya-Sept. click Misty Smith}

Your prayers are greatly appreciated. I look forward to working with our gifted team as we

go support others in Kenya.

{I will be updating and blogging regularly the progress of this experience on this page of the site. Please check back regularly there to follow along as I go help promote and support health advocacy in Kenya.}

New Year, New You! Join Us!

Finishing up that shopping for the holidays? It will soon be a new year and that means a new you! Many start the year off with good intentions for health and wellness, but many quickly veer off the path and go back to old habits that tend to betray the body. Dynamic Edge Fitness is about the whole person. Not only do we want you to have fit bodies, but more importantly we want you to understand, healthy bodies lead to healthy minds! That is our philosophy here. New winter session of bootcamps start January!

Recently one of our bootcamp participants shared an email with those she knows sharing what Dynamic Edge Bootcamp has been for her. Thanks for sharing Tristen.  We hope all out there join us too and share the same sentiment. Here is her message:

This is the greatest Christmas gift idea for yourself or someone you love. I've been doing this bootcamp for a month and a half now and I absolutely love it.

Misty is such a great trainer. She pushes me to do things I didn't think I could do. And I leave feeling strong and energized. If you or anyone you know is looking for something new - there really isn't a better gift than health and fitness. It inspires you to be better, strengthens your body and mind, and refreshes your spirit so you can move forward and do all the things that family and life needs you to do with hop in your step and a smile on your face. Or at least I think it does:)

Share the love.

Merry Christmas!

"Enroll your family and friends in your workouts, so you can spend time with those you love and get your dose of endorphins." -Thanks Lululemon! We totally agree.


Here's a glimpse of our fall workouts. FREE registration fee through December 31st; monthly membership receives FREE resistance tubes and our ultimate SWAG goodie bag. Give the gift that changes lives and improves sense of well being. Check out our classes here, purchase a gift, or register yourself.

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25 Day Challenge! Healthy Tips to Survive Holiday Season

25 day Challenge starts NOW!

Hey there! Are you up for a challenge to start, stay, or continue on track with healthy habits heading into holiday season? Would you like to lose 6lbs instead of the dreaded  gaining over the holiday season? Come join us for the 25 day challenge to help keep yourself committed and on track during this busy time of year. It shouldn't take a New Year's Resolution to have you focus on healthy habits.

Here's the deal. I'm looking for 50 fans to verbally commit to joining us in this challenge. Each day via Facebook and Twitter I will post a healthy habit for the day that will be your tip to commit to.

1. Please comment on our Facebook Fan page that you are joining the challenge! If you have a friend who could benefit from this, please suggest they LIKE our page or FOLLOW us via twitter. Click links here for Facebook or Twitter.

2. Weigh yourself tonight or tomorrow and/or take measurements (chest/bust, waist @belly button, hips, calf, bicep- use R side to measure on unilateral measurements). You can use a sewing tape to do this.

3. Take a before picture from front, back, side. Use the self timer on your camera or utilize a child to help you if you would rather keep this personal :).

4. Have fun! We are trying to make ourselves a priority (no you are not being selfish, so don't feel guilty!) and healthy habits during the busy season.

Here's to healthy progress!
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FREE Bootcamp in Full Force

Hey all!  So our FREE fall bootcamps have kicked off and we have been a force to reckon with!  This fall October weather has been fabulous and we have worked those bodies until we were KNACKERED (yes that is my new favorite word).  We have two more weeks of FREE workouts so check out the schedule here and come join us.  Remember it's a season of change and no time is better than NOW! 

Come see how we roll at the park!

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Not Your Basic Bootcamp

It's here!  Fall officially arrived last week and that means it is a season of change.  As we gear up for the upcoming holiday season, are you ready to keep your mind, BODY, and spirit in check?  These next few months can start to get a little crazy and some of us become quite frazzled.  On top of that, we have a tendency to accumulate an extra layer of insulation that quite often stays around the mid section... I know I would prefer to add some extra layers of clothes instead of the extra layer of adipose tissue.  I would also like to enjoy some pumpkin bread from time to time.  Do not neglect your own health and wellness this season.  It should not have to take New Year's resolutions for you to get on track again.  Start now, NO EXCUSES!  It is always more fun to workout in a community of others.  Grab a friend, spouse, or family member- who is going with me? Click here for current schedule.


Fall bootcamps are here and FREE all October.  Come check us out and make some real change!  We want you going out with a bang in 2010 and getting an edge starting off 2011.  We have two locations in October for you to take advantage of.  Click here for our latest schedule.  Hope to see you soon!

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