Riding it Forward: A Story of Inspiration


Riding it Forward: A Story of Inspiration

In search of a change, Joe Ostazewski embarked on a journey that would lead to him losing almost 150 pounds and winning the hearts of America. After participating in NBC’s “Biggest Loser,” the former FSU football player started the Wear Your Soul Project to begin tackling the growing problem of obesity by promoting healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle.

At the end of this month, he will partner with the National 4-H Council and take that message on the road by embarking on a coast-to-coast bicycle ride to raise awareness about obesity and advocate for healthy lifestyles.

Like many others, when we first met Joe, we were inspired by his incredible story. But more inspiring than his story is his undying determination to tell others that they can also be healthy and enjoy life to the fullest.

His approach involves focusing on “Sports Without Scoreboards” – activities that are fun and engaging, but non-competitive by design.  Activities such as running, surfing, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, hiking and snowboarding get you outside and burning calories, without falling into the traditional “sport” template. When coupled with a healthy diet, these activities quickly help people shed extra pounds and gain tremendous confidence.

To inspire youth and adults about these activities, Joe will be biking from Washington, D.C., to Calabasas, CA, over the next two months. On the way, he’ll be stopping in more than 40 cities to talk with local groups and share his inspiring story.

If you want to learn more about Joe and the Wear Your Soul Project, or are interested in seeing if “Riding It Forward” will be coming to a city near you, visit ridingitforward.com or follow Joe’s journey on Facebook.