Andrea Metcalf has some very important company as she walks the rim of the Grand Canyon.
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Fit Nation Audra Lowe: You know the U.S. Surgeon General is really on a mission top get America fit and as part of their Walk for a Fit and Healthy Nation, Doctor Regina Benjamin and Doctor Pam Peek headed to the Grand Canyon. They went with a group of women that are overcoming everything from cancer to shedding hundreds of pounds. The 24-mile, two-day journey took them 6,000 feet down into the canyon. And, Better fitness expert Andrea Metcalf was along for their great adventure in today’s Getting Fit. Andrea Metcalf: We’re here in the National Park with the U.S. Surgeon General Doctor Regina Benjamin. Tell us a little about the inspiration that you’re moving. Regina Benjamin: I want people to know that we have these wonderful parks as one of our national parks in our country and even if you don’t have one in your backyard, every state has beautiful parks 0048 to go and enjoy them and you can go outside, exercise, get healthy and get fit, you’ll feel good about it. Andrea Metcalf: And, I love the fact that you’re inspiring people getting out there and walking the walk. Regina Benjamin: We have all these wonderful women, may who have medical issues, medical problems, they’re overcome different conditions, cancer, arthritis and they’re doing it. I have no excuse. Andrea Metcalf: That’s right, me neither. Well, let’s do this together. Regina Benjamin: I have a good time. Andrea Metcalf: Doctor B right here. We’re hitting down the trail. Pam Peek: Here we are in the Grand Canyon and we’re not going to let little canyon getting our way teaching America that you can get out there, have fun, come on out here medicate with movement. Andrea Metcalf: The Grand Canyon is just so amazingly beautiful. You can't even believe it until you're standing here in person. We’ve been hiking for about an hour. We’ve gone down a few thousand feet. We’re doing 6,000 feet vertically total so when we get to the bottom, then it’ll feel a lot warmer and it’s definitely been a great experience we’re working hard. Karen made the hike after losing 140 pounds consistently exercising over the past year. Karen: There’s a small mountain outside of Little Rock just about a thousand feet up so -- but it actually help to get my legs a little bit more in tuned of making some of these big steps. Andrea Metcalf: Since you started this fitness program a year ago, how has your body changed? Karen: Oh, it’s been remarkable. Andrea Metcalf: Day two, time to head out of the canyon. Laura suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. How are you feeling right now we’re a mile form the top? Laura: Well, I have to be honest with you. I'm a little tucker down. I'm tired. It’s been wonderful down here and I can see why such a small percentage make it through but I don’t think it really matters. I think that you do whatever you can do and it’s such a beautiful, beautiful place to be and the things you get to see and try a little bit of be trim but don’t overdo it because it is exhausting. Andrea Metcalf: Well, being at down at the bottom of the Grand Canyon or coming up to the top, how’s your body feeling? How are you feeling? Karen: I'm pretty tired right now. Andrea Metcalf: Regina, look where you are. Come on girlfriend. Andrea Metcalf: Liz, a cancer survivor made a bet to the top. Liz: I feel good. I'm feeling good mentally. Physically, I'm starting to be sick last night so to me, it was -- feeling so good. Andrea Metcalf: This hike has been an amazing journey. I'm so excited that I got to be a part of this. Pam Peek: We did it and everybody did it and we absolutely did it. We just did 24 miles -- 24 miles. Andrea Metcalf: Then you can do this, too. You don’t need the Grand Canyon to hike to make the first step. Doctor Benjamin also reached the top of the rim. Regina Benjamin: But, it was a long race and if I can do it, anybody can do it. Andrea Metcalf: This was walk in the walk. Regina Benjamin: For the healthy and fit nation, that’s right. Pam Peek: Absolutely, and that’s the exer