IDEA member Suzie Cooney, owner of Suzie Trains Maui, hosted a unique fitness event to raise awareness of women’s health issues. Dubbed “STAND UP for Women’s Health & Fitness,” the free program offered clinics on Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP). “The day began with a traditional Hawaiian Welcome Blessing [followed by] beach exercises, professional SUP instruction, a noncompetitive buoy paddle for beginners and a longer SUP tour for those more experienced,” says Cooney. “[We offered] hula demonstrations and lessons, inspirational guest speakers, healthy snacks and drink, terrific raffle prizes, music and more.” Cooney also encouraged online donations to the American Breast Cancer Association. 

Ryan Halvorson is the associate editor of IDEA Fitness Journal.