April 2019 Wellness Champion

Richard Larouche is a professor of Public Health at the University of Lethbridge. Richard is also a member of the Wellness Committee and an inspiration as he bikes or walks to work most days. 
On May 9, 2019, he will begin a bike ride across Canada, cycling East to St. John’s, Newfoundland. He will finish his ride by cycling through BC. This 8000 km trip is an effort to promote physical activity and collect funds for research on Alzheimer’s disease, which affects several members of his family. The funds collected will go to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Cycling across Canada will represent about 2 million pedal strokes at about 90 revolutions/minute (that’s his revolutionary side!). That being said, one must go one stroke at a time, and he sees his fundraising with this attitude. He is used to teaching SMART goals to his students and it is in this perspective that Richard is starting with the goal of collecting $25,000, which seems realistic, but he would be more than happy to increase this goal as appropriate. If you wish to contribute to this fundraising effort, please visit Richard's CanadaHelps page.

Thanks so much for sharing your story Richard, good luck in your ride, we'll be watching your progress!