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The Kansas Food Bank first opened its doors in 1984. Originally partnering with 16 agencies and serving one county, the organization has expanded to provide assistance in 85 counties and currently partners with more than 200 agencies to distribute food to Kansan families. They serve 215,300 people annually, 68,900 of which are children.

Throughout the month of November, we will be donating $2 to the Kansas Food Bank for every J Wedge sold. The donations will go toward programs such as Food 4 Kids and Bob Box. These programs support underprivileged children and seniors, respectively. Keep an eye on our social media for statistics, facts, etc. regarding hunger in America.

Forgoing exercise due to plantar fasciitis can lead to decreased fitness and raised stress levels. After all, we're always touting the stress-relieving and health-boosting wonders of working out. But how do you stay active when it hurts to walk? It's not easy. However, unless your case is unusually severe or your doctor recommends against, we suggest trying to stay moderately active as you heal.

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We know, we know. Your feet hurt enough, so why are we encouraging you to continue putting them through the ringer? Now we aren't suggesting you go out and partake in high-impact exercises. There are numerous low impact activities that will help you maintain your fitness while you treat your heel pain.

1. Swimming
Swimming is about as low impact as exercise gets. Keep up with your cardio by swimming laps a few times per week. Laps aren't your thing? Try a water aerobics class! Most gyms offer a variety of them throughout the day. Bonus points for the cross-training benefits swimming provides to all you runners out there.

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2. Cycling
This one can be tough for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. But if you're able to pedal on a stationary bike without pain, it provides a great alternative to running! Intense spinning classes aren't the goal here. Go for the recumbent bike if possible; it's the one that puts you in a leaned-back position.

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3. Rowing
Rowing is a full-body workout that, when done properly, will have you working up  a sweat fast. If you don't know how to use the rowing machine, ask a trainer at your local gym. Once you've learned the correct form, try rowing for 15 or 20 minutes a couple times a week.

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4. Elliptical
The elliptical offers a similar movement to running sans the harsh impact on your feet. Mix things up by changing the incline or the resistance level. Just be careful not to overdo it and stress your plantar fasciia even more.

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5. Weights
We suggest lifting lighter weights and doing more reps. This creates less pressure on your feet thus keeping your heel pain in check. Add a few more strength training sessions to your weekly routine while you're unable to run. Don't forget to focus on different muscle groups each session though.

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6. Yoga
Though you'll be putting some pressure on your feet, yoga is an excellent low-impact activity. If you're attending a class, speak with your instructor ahead of time to let him or her know you're dealing with plantar fasciitis. He or she should be able to offer you alternatives to poses that will be rough on your feet.

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Maintaining your fitness while treating your heel pain can be tricky. Remember to focus on low-impact activities, give your feet a break, and stretch with the J Wedge daily.
Per the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women; each year an estimated 222,000 will be diagnosed with the disease and 40,000 will die from it. But there is hope for a cure! In an effort to educate women and raise funds for cancer research, October was named National Breast Cancer Awareness Month over 25 years ago.

We're excited to contribute to breast cancer awareness and research. At the end of the month, we'll donate $2 for each pink J Wedge sold throughout October to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Make sure to check in with us on Facebook and Twitter for breast cancer facts, statistics, and more.

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Thought it's not the worst of running-related injuries, plantar fasciitis is no walk in the park (ha, see what we did there?). Here are three tips for preventing heel pain. If you're new to running or intense physical activity, you'll want to take a look at these.

1. Take a cue from Disney--

shoes can change your life

Some people prefer the minimalism of barefoot shoes like Vibrams, others swear by a well-padded running shoe. There really isn't conclusive evidence suggesting one is better than the other. In any case, your best bet is to pay a visit to your local running store and enlist their assistance in finding the perfect shoe for you. Once you've found a pair that works, don't forget to change them regularly! Running shoes have an expiration date. Too many miles causes wear and tear on the support, which can ultimately lead to issues like plantar fasciitis or heel pain.

2. Don't hate on the rest day. Take your time.

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Too often new runners get excited and forgo the rest day. Bad idea. Another bad idea? Increasing your regimen at a ridiculously fast pace; you want to build slowly. Going all in from day one can lead to heel pain or worse injuries, like stress fractures. These kinds of ailments can put a complete halt to your fitness routine and keep you off of the roads for weeks or months. Programs like GoRun's Start2Finish or Couch to 5K force you to build gradually and take rest days. Keep in mind, you don't have to sit around twiddling your thumbs on days off. Try your hand at yoga, go swimming, do weights! Cross-training is an important part of preparing yourself for races of any distance.

3. Know the facts.

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Plantar fasciitis is most prevalent in active men ages 40-70. People with BMIs greater than 30 have an increased chance of developing plantar fasciitis. It is the most common foot injury runner's experience, and the third most common running injury (behind patellofemoral pain and iliotibial band friction syndrome). Being well-informed will help you prevent and/or treat plantar fasciitis and other running-related injuries.