We all know that physical fitness is good for us. But what if I told you that in addition to getting stronger and healthier, your walking, running, or biking could save children in developing countries with vaccines against life threatening diseases that would otherwise be preventable? Charity Miles,  a fitness meets social good app, does just that. Charity Miles gives children a shot at life, at reaching milestones, at fulfilling their dreams.

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The FREE app for iPhone and Android users is easy to use. Before starting a workout,, the user chooses the charity of your choice and then clicks begin.  As you run, walk or bike, you can see how your activity translates into results (for example, how many vaccines will be donated as a result of running 5 miles). When you are done with your workout, accept your sponsorship (you’re now considered a “sponsored athlete” since sponsors are contributing to the organizations on behalf of your activity).

How does Charity Miles give children a shot at life?

Charity Miles will donate 25 cents for every mile you walk or run, and 10 cents for every mile that you bike. They may not sound like a lot, but it is, because one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could be prevented with a vaccine, that’s three lives lost in a minute.  For less than a $1, a child can get a life saving vaccine through the efforts of Shot@Life. Vaccines have saved more children than any other medical intervention in the last 50 years. Another way to look at it is For every 4 miles you walk, Charity Miles donates enough for a polio vaccine to Shot@Life. The world is 99% free of Polio, which means that there is only a small percentage of this deadly disease left in THREE countries. Imagine how much sooner we can eradicate polio with just the click of an app.

The Charity Miles app is great for runners or endurance athletes training for marathons, half marathons, or triathlons. I made sure to turn on my Charity Miles app every time I go on a training run the runDisney Princess Half Marathon and will continue to use the app while I train for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. But anyone can use this app. Whether you are walking your dog or walking to the bus stop, or even walking around the mall for new spring clothes, every step matters.

Learn more about Shot@Life and Charity Miles, and start walking, running, and biking to give children a shot at life today and every day. 

elena sonnino

Written by Elena Sonnino

Elena Sonnino

Chaser of Dreams. Life coach, wellness and travel writer, yogini, former teacher, adventure seeker, hiker, foodie …and oh right, cancer survivor. Elena writes about finding everyday wellness in far-flung lands and in her own backyard in the Washington D.C. suburbs.


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