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Champions for the Cause n 2016, many of our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries designated a Wellness Champion to encourage their staff to lead healthier lives and create a culture of wellness. Being asked to advocate a cause may sound daunting, but many Wellness Champions found that they could effect change simply by encour- aging and leading by example. wellness long before the Champion program began. Some worked out alongside the teams they coached to model the importance of physical activity. Others sparked discussions about nutrition by eating healthy lunches. Still others, including Roeske, participated in local fun runs and encouraged other staff members and parents to join in. Through that process, many got hooked on the benefits of running and walking. Such is the case at Sheboygan Lutheran High School (LHS) in Sheboygan, Wisc. Wellness Champion Jenna Roeske, along with other members of the school and staff, started promoting In 2015, the school created the “Spirit of Wellness Run,” their own running and walking event. That year LHS hosted the event in memory of Margie Hasenstein, who was the mother of BY Steve Gruenwald I (Top right) Spirit of Wellness Dri-FIT t-shirts — sporting the signature green of LHS — proved the perfect race apparel for a rainy-day race. (Bottom right) Wellness Champion and expectant mother Jenna Roeske is clearly excited she can keep up with husband Tom Roeske at mile one. Both are teachers at LHS. (Below) Members of Luther Memorial congregation come together to support LHS through the Spirit of Wellness Run (and to enjoy family time together)! Pictured left to right: Rev. Matthew Peters, Harvey Peters, Catherine Peters, Heather Peters and Robin Kanitz. three LHS cross-country runners. For the 2016 event, they focused on the school’s mission of “Preparing Christian Leaders, One Student at a Time” and used the event’s proceeds to provide tuition assistance. To further promote wellness, the run/walk was combined with a wellness fair with food, music and fellowship. The organizers involved faculty, staff, students, parents and the surround- ing LCMS community in the event. Cross-country coaches and runners set up the course and directed participants along the way. LHS students signed up and brought their parents to participate. The faculty and