December 7, 2010

Walk this Way to Positive Health

Are you frustrated, tired, upset, irritated? Stand up. Right now, stand up.

Stand up and count your blessings that you have legs to stand on. That was Ron Bachman’s message when I had the privilege to hear him speak this week at Amigo Mobility.

Ron Bachman is a motivational speaker that travels the country talking to kids about the importance of acceptance, tolerance and loving yourself. I got to know Ron as he has used an Amigo POV/scooter for more than 30 years, and is a good friend of my wife’s family.

Ron had both of his legs amputated due to a birth defect, but did not let that slow him down. He used prosthetic legs for awhile, then walked on his hands and today uses his Amigo all day. As he explains, you walk that way, I walk this way. Ron got married, had a daughter, got divorced and became a single father. He started speaking about the importance of acceptance and his popularity as a speaker grew as more and more people were inspired by his message and positive attitude.

Inspiring hundreds of thousands of people, Ron has spoke at schools and businesses across the U.S. and Canada. In 2008, he won the Energizer Hall of Fame Award and started the Walk this Way Foundation.

Ron connects with the audience immediately – especially with kids. He talks about how damaging bullying is, both in the schools and the work place. There are days when people say a negative comment to him, and it hurts, but he says “Everyday, I look in the mirror, say 'I love me,' and count my blessings."

Positive mental health is one of the four pillars of health. You can improve your health right now, just by standing up and being thankful that you can stand. You can improve the health of those around you, by being accepting and kind to your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.

To learn more about Ron Bachman, visit I especially encourage you to visit and like his Facebook fan page, Walk this Way, Ronnie Bachman – it is amazing to see how many kids he inspires.

The next time you are having a bad day, just stand up.

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