This walk with Preven­tion means a lot to me be­cause I can com­bine two things I love: health and fit­ness, and rais­ing aware­ness for a cause I am pas­sion­ate about, my work with UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency). Only in the past two years did I my­self re­ally come to un­der­stand who refugees are. A refugee is an in­di­vid­ual who is forced to flee be­cause of con­flict, vi­o­lence, or per­se­cu­tion. Refugees are just like you and me, and we are just like them: moth­ers, fa­thers, sons, daugh­ters, wives, and hus­bands look­ing to live with dig­nity in safety and peace.The only dif­fer­ence be­tween them and me: I was born in a so­ci­ety that doesn’t per­se­cute me based on my gen­der, re­li­gion, eth­nic­ity, or sex­ual

ori­en­ta­tion or for other rea­sons. I be­lieve that of those to whom much is given, much is re­quired. So I am ask­ing read­ers to join me in car­ing for them­selves and oth­ers by par­tic­i­pat­ing in this vir­tual walk to raise aware­ness while get­ting healthy! Peo­ple can also donate by visit­ing step­with­jil­lian.org.

Share your #whyIwalk story on so­cial me­dia—and in our con­test for a chance to win a Fit­bit! Find us on Face­book and In­sta­gram and at preven­tion.com/vir­tu­al­walk.

In the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo with UNHCR, Jillian met with refugees from South Su­dan.

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