Meet Some Outstanding Members Who Inspire the World to Fitness®!
Member Since 1991
After the loss of a good friend to ovarian cancer, IDEA author and presenter Bethany Diamond decided to put her talents to a good cause and founded Ovarian Cycle Inc. "Ovarian Cycle Inc. is dedicated to funding research for the development of a test for the accurate diagnosis of ovarian cancer—the most lethal form of women's cancers," she says. "Currently there is no such test, and as a result women are diagnosed in the later, more dangerous stages of the disease." The 6-week indoor cycling program trains enthusiasts and newcomers for a "6-hour virtual century ride." According to Bethany, the organization has brought in more than $360,000 to help researchers develop a test for early detection. For more information, visit www.ovariancycle.org.
Member Since 2007
Tamer Farag, co-owner and president of Equilibrium Sports Co., says that it's his mission to bring high-quality fitness education to Egypt and the Middle East. "In our facilities, we inspire members to equilibrium—a balance between body, mind and soul," says Tamer. Tamer believes that this mission can be achieved only through the teamwork of his staff of 120 personal trainers, nutritionists, physiotherapists, group fitness instructors and masseurs. One of Tamer's initiatives was to help create a "fat mass reduction competition" that started out with 4,000 members in 2002. "In 2007, we had more than 12,000 members [compete]," he says. "In 2008, we decided to open the program to [include] everybody."
If you would like to be featured in this section or know an IDEA member who stands out in the fitness crowd, e-mail a brief description of your (or your colleague’s) fitness activities and achievements and a high-resolution digital photograph (at least 300 dpi, in focus, well-lit and at least 3″ x 3″ in its original digital format) to Ryan Halvorson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your IDEA member number, if possible. You (or the colleague) must be an IDEA member to be considered for this section.