Three Ways to Stay Engaged During Long Runs

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Long Runs

Alicia Procello Maddox serves as the president of the Avery Dennison Foundation, where she oversees the company’s corporate social responsibility. When she finds time away from her professional responsibilities, Alicia Procello Maddox runs for exercise.

Many seasoned athletes find that they get bored before they get tired during cardio workouts. If you find yourself struggling to stay occupied when you run, consider the following tips to help keep you engaged.

Run somewhere new. Abandon your usual routine, and run somewhere completely different. A change in scenery and running surface can make running seem new again. It is also a good idea to run to a destination so that you have an end goal other than time elapsed or miles completed.

Mix up your pace. Interval running can break a long workout into shorter segments of fast and slow running, which can help you stay engaged. Many runners are getting into the Fartlek method of running, which involves changing speed from jogging to sprinting to running as the mood strikes.

Work on a mental task. Because of the production of endorphins and the increased oxygen to the brain, many people are at their most creative and alert while running. This makes it an excellent time to work on solving a problem or brainstorming. Other runners like to meditate, count, or play mental games as they run. Remember to watch out for traffic and other hazards if you try this method.

Public Health Advocates in California

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Public Health Advocates

An experienced executive, Alicia Procello Maddox serves as president of the Avery Dennison Foundation in Glendale, California. Alongside her work for Avery Dennison, Alicia Procello Maddox is vice-chair on the board of directors of Public Health Advocates.

In its efforts to improve the health of all California residents, Public Health Advocates oversees research initiatives that aim to help policymakers address health disparities and widespread health issues at the state level. Over the years, the organization has pursued research on a variety of topics, including obesity, healthy eating, and healthy land use.

One of Public Health Advocates’ most recent research initiatives focused on the rise of diabetes in California and highlighted ways policymakers could reverse the trend. According to the study, nearly half of all adults in the state have prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes.

The study also highlights the fact that the condition disproportionately affects adults of color, particularly Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and African Americans. In these groups, more than 50 percent of adults are estimated to have prediabetes.

To address the issue, Public Health Advocates recommends that policymakers improve access to quality health care and diabetes prevention programs and promote environments that encourage healthy eating and physical activity. Exercise, improvements in diet, and weight loss have shown to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, and Public Health Advocates suggest that efforts focused on these areas can lessen the problem in California and the rest of the country.

About Forest Stewardship Council Certification

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Forest Stewardship Council

Avery Dennison Foundation president Alicia Procello Maddox facilitates environmental and educational projects around the world with help from regional partners. In one recent project, Alicia Procello Maddox and her team were able to help a Honduran region improve its timber industry through Forest Stewardship Council certification.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a nonprofit organization, works to save forests through environmental stewardship and sound forest management practices. It tackles systemic problems related to forestry through work in economic, social, and environmental channels.

In order to encourage sustainable forest management and help the public identify companies that commit to environmental stewardship, the FSC operates a certification program internationally. This certification recognizes qualifying forest managers through the Forest Management certification, and responsible wood product-producing companies through the Chain of Custody certification.

In order to obtain Forest Management certification, forest managers and owners contract with accredited local certification bodies or join an existing forest management group. In either case, a thorough audit is performed.

Chain of Custody certification is open to businesses who act as links in the supply chain by which timber resources become consumer products. Retailers who sell end products are not required to attain certification, but all other links in the supply chain must attain certification through an accredited body or join a forest management group.

AABLI Helps Prepare Individuals for Service on Governing Boards

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African American Board Leadership Institute

As president of the Avery Dennison Foundation, Alicia Procello Maddox developed and implemented grant making procedures for the philanthropic organization. She is also instrumental in engaging employees of the Avery Dennison Corporation in community volunteer efforts. In addition to her work with the Avery Dennison Foundation, Ms. Maddox also supports the African American Board Leadership Institute.

Established in 2011, the African American Board Leadership Institute exists to strengthen nonprofit, public, and private institutions with the placement of qualified African Americans on their governing boards. In order to accomplish this goal, the organization has developed a leadership program to help prepare individuals for these positions.

The Board Leadership Program is designed for professionals who wish to hone their current set of leadership skills and receive in depth preparation for board placement. The program consists of a two-day intensive course that covers topics such as governance and fiduciary oversight, understanding financial statements, fundraising and resource development, and emotional, political, and cultural intelligence. The course is taught by business professionals and members of academia.
Following completion of the leadership program, the institute helps graduates find placement on appropriate governing boards.