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Today’s 30-Year-Olds Face Steep Challenges

The graph below, which comes from this Axios article, paints a pretty clear picture of the challenges being faced by today’s 30-year-old Americans:

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My kids – 25, 24 and 21 respectively – face a different economic reality than their mother and I did at their age in the early ’90s. On average they and their peers are earning the same amount of money as we did, but all of their expenses are higher. The result? Far fewer are getting married, having children or buying a home by the age of 30.

These trends are already having an impact on our country. At my day job I spend my time thinking about housing, the apartment industry in particular, and I can tell you that we’ve been seeing the impact there. That decline in the rate of homeownership you see in the graph above? That translates into more rental housing, which is obviously a positive thing for the apartment industry.

Even when they do get married, this generation isn’t rushing into parenthood mode. From the article:

  • Having fewer children: When Boomers were in their 20s, the fertility rate was 2.48, well beyond the replacement level of 2.1. Today, it is just 1.76.
  • When a recent survey asked why they were having fewer kids, most young adults said “child care is too expensive.”

And these folks are understandably more risk-averse than we were. After all they saw what happened during the great recession, when millions of people lost their “American Dream” homes to foreclosure. They are much more likely to wait until they know they’re financially solid before they venture into parenthood and homeownership.

So how do we fix this? Well, it begins and ends with household income. Until household income starts increasing at a faster clip than basic household expenses, we’re going to be stuck in place. Sure we can look at trying to control the costs of everyday life, but inflation is an economic reality so even if we reduce the rate of inflation we still need to make up lost ground on the income side. Easier said than done, but it’s something we must get serious about.

Hiking Bryce Canyon – Support from ProSource Fitness

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

42% of residents in Northwest North Carolina are low-income and are unable to make ends meet to cover even their most basic needs, from housing to health care to transportation to food. Source


Today’s sponsor:

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ProSource Fitness Equipment is a very strong supporter of Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (my day job), and their point person in our market, Josh Owen, is an active volunteer who recently won PTAA’s Supplier Vendor Partner of the Year Award. They’re also very involved in the community, including PTAA’s Food Drive.

ProSource is a provider of fitness equipment, both commercial and residential, and I can vouch for them personally because I’ve purchased from them for my home gym and have had nothing but a good experience with the equipment and the company.

They donated enough for a week’s worth of sponsorship and Saturday in Bryce was the third day. Much thanks to Josh and the team at ProSource Fitness for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive) and for continuing to be leaders in our community!


Activity Day 40: An incredible day of hiking in Bryce Canyon. Words can’t do it justice so check out the pics below.

Miles walked/run: 8.31 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

Miles remaining in challenge: 157.02

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Heading to Utah – Support from ProSource Fitness

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC serves as a critical source of food and grocery products for 232 Pantries, 40 Soup Kitchens, and 18 shelters. (Source)


Today’s sponsor:

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ProSource Fitness Equipment is a very strong supporter of Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (my day job), and their point person in our market, Josh Owen, is an active volunteer who recently won PTAA’s Supplier Vendor Partner of the Year Award. They’re also very involved in the community, including PTAA’s Food Drive.

ProSource is a provider of fitness equipment, both commercial and residential, and I can vouch for them personally because I’ve purchased from them for my home gym and have had nothing but a good experience with the equipment and the company.

They donated enough for a week’s worth of sponsorship and Monday was the first day. Much thanks to Josh and the team at ProSource Fitness for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive) and for continuing to be leaders in our community!


Activity Day 39: Friday was a long day of travel from NC to Utah. Flew into Salt Lake City then drove down to Bryce Canyon. Checked into our hotel – let’s just say it was rustic and leave it at that. Then headed over to the park to do some walking around and scouting for a serious day of hiking on Saturday. Exciting day for sure!

Miles walked/run: 4.2 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

Miles remaining in challenge: 165.33

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How Many People in NC are Food Insecure?

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

1.6 million residents of NC are food insecure.

Activity Day 38: Walking the dog and running around preparing for our trip to Utah and then San Diego.

Miles walked/run: 3.94 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

Miles remaining in challenge: 169.53.

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People Seeking Food Assistance are Diverse – and Thanks, Rotary District 7690!

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

People seeking assistance from Second Harvest’s network are diverse. 52 percent are white, 31 percent are black, 11 percent are Hispanic and 6 percent identify as other racial backgrounds. – Source


Today’s sponsor:
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Rotary District 7690. Rotary is a huge organization, with 1.2 million members in thousands of clubs around the world. Rotary District 7690 is located in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina and is comprised of 49 clubs, all of which are active in supporting their communities. One significant effort across the District is the RUSH (Rotarians United to Stop Hunger) program which encourages clubs to raise money and collect food to help feed the hungry. Started just two years ago this program has already raised enough to provide tens of thousands of meals for our communities.


Activity Day 37: Back on the tennis court, and was amazed how good it felt despite the continuing blister problem. To paraphrase Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, “There’s no crying in tennis! (unless you’re John McEnroe).

Miles walked/run: 6.00 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 173.47.

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Here are some pictures of Crescent Rotary in action at the Community Cupboard a week after a tornado struck that part of Greensboro.

 

 

Number of Kids Who Qualify for Free/Reduced Meal Program in Schools and Thanks, Crescent Rotary!

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

More than 180,000 children in public schools qualify to participate in the free/reduced school meal program.


Today’s sponsor:
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Crescent Rotary Club. I’m a member of Crescent Rotary Club in Greensboro which does a tremendous amount of work to support the local community. Each year the club’s foundation allocates thousands of dollars to local organizations, including food programs, and our club members volunteer for numerous projects throughout the year. Those projects include serving meals at Potter’s House and supporting the Community Cupboard at East Market Street Seventh Day Adventist Church in Greensboro (pics of that are at the bottom of this post).


Activity Day 36: It ends up that Day 35 took a toll because I didn’t realize I had a hole in one of my socks and that led to me developing a very nice, large blister on the pad of my right foot. So this day was mostly about nursing the foot and the walking I did get in was preparing for our trip out west that begins this coming Friday.

Miles walked/run: 2.13 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 179.47.

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Here are some pictures of Crescent Rotary in action at the Community Cupboard a week after a tornado struck that part of Greensboro.

Halfway Home – Thanks ProSource Fitness! – and How Many Partners Second Harvest Serves

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Hunger Fact of the Day:

Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC serves as a critical source of food and grocery products for 232 Pantries, 40 Soup Kitchens, and 18 shelters. (Source)


Today’s sponsor:
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ProSource Fitness Equipment is a very strong supporter of Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (my day job), and their point person in our market, Josh Owen, is an active volunteer who recently won PTAA’s Supplier Vendor Partner of the Year Award. They’re also very involved in the community, including PTAA’s Food Drive.

ProSource is a provider of fitness equipment, both commercial and residential, and I can vouch for them personally because I’ve purchased from them for my home gym and have had nothing but a good experience with the equipment and the company.

They donated enough for a week’s worth of sponsorship and Monday was the first day. Much thanks to Josh and the team at ProSource Fitness for supporting the walk (and PTAA’s Food Drive) and for continuing to be leaders in our community!


Activity Day 35: I figured that if a fitness equipment company was going to sponsor me then I better do some serious miles, and we had great weather (finally no humidity!) so it was the perfect day to catch up on some miles. I walked the Bicentennial Greenway from north High Point to Jamestown and back. It was a great walk and I’m glad to be getting some serious mileage in again.

Miles walked/run: 8.84 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: 181.6. I passed the halfway point to my goal with these miles, and I was only one day late! I should be back on pace by Thursday at the latest.

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