Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Jeff Alt Appalachian Trail Show in Cincinnati Feb 25

Overeat and Lose Weight! Grab your ice cream and pizza and let’s go.

Jeff Alt presents an Appalachian Trail Show with personal narration, slides, and music, based on his new third edition of A Walk for Sunshine and DVD, Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm, at Benchmark Outfitters in Blue Ash (9525 Kenwood Road Cincinnati, OH (513) 791-9453). FREE and open to the public.

How do you lose 30 pounds in five months while eating enormous portions of food? Jeff Alt, author of A Walk for Sunshine did. His method: Strap on a fifty pound backpack and walk the entire Appalachian Trail. You will burn 4-6,000 calories a day; the equivalence of running two marathons per day. Your appetite will triple in size causing some hilarious food binges and you will still lose all the weight you want.

Does walking the entire Appalachian Trail as a diet plan seem extreme? Not when you consider that the number one most popular New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and the fact that most diet plans fail Completing an Appalachian Trail journey has a better success rate than most diet plans.

Interview Jeff Alt and he can share entertaining food stories from the trail such as:

· His trail fantasies about food while walking in the woods—the tree branch looked like New York Strip…the dirt kicked in with the snow looked like Oreo Cookie Ice cream.
· How he would seek out all you can eat buffets in towns along the trail. Hikers refer to these as hog troughs.
· How he ate a large pizza as a snack; a dozen donuts before breakfast, a half gallon of ice-cream at the half-way point of his journey and more.

Follow this link to view some of Alt’s TV interviews: http://media.jeffalt.com/

"Some of the most engaging stories in Alt's book are about eating while on the trail....When his future wife met him along the trail, instead of the opportunity to be more romantic with Beth, he found himself staring at the chicken on her plate... " –Sylvia Carter, Newsday, NY

Alt shares many entertaining and inspiring stories in A Walk For Sunshine: A 2,160-mile expedition for charity on the Appalachian Trail (© 9/09; www.jeffalt.com; $15.95 paperback; ISBN: 978-0-9679482-3-2; Dreams Shared Publications, printed on recycled paper). A Walk For Sunshine took first place in the travel recreation category of the 2009 National Best Books awards (http://www.usabooknews.com).

Alt’s live Appalachian Trail presentations are attended by standing room only crowds. Now for the first time, Alt’s presentation is available on film: A Walk For Sunshine Appalachian Trail Show (© 12/09; www.jeffalt.com/media.asp; $19.95 DVD; color/67 minutes; ISBN: 978-0-9679482-5-6; Dreams Shared Publications).

Alt also gained “Life Lessons from the Trail” which he shares in the new edition of A Walk For Sunshine. In A Walk For Sunshine, Alt explains how walking the Appalachian Trail changed him in profound, unique, and positive ways. Alt can share:
Stories about sleeping with a skunk, being chased by a bull, charged by a bear, suffering painful blisters, swarms of insects, and hilarious food cravings.
Why should everyone go after their dreams now.
How celebrating the simple things can get you through the tough situations.
How walking the Appalachian Trail is 2,000 miles of problem-solving.
The powerful aspect of humor and more.

Another of his “Life Lessons from the Trail” is the importance of getting kids outside. This is more important than ever, especially with computer and video games replacing outdoor playtime and childhood obesity becoming a national epidemic. Alt explains how he has applied these lessons to his career, his marriage, and raising his children. The expanded 3rd edition of A Walk For Sunshine, and the DVD, includes hiking tips and gear suggestions to help anyone plan an adventure with the entire family including young children.

Alt made his original trek to raise money for Sunshine, the home where his brother with cerebral palsy lives. Alt’s journey changed the lives of Sunshine’s residents with special needs by inspiring an annual walk that has raised over $175,000. For additional information, visit http://jeffalt.com/media.asp

Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). His adventures have been featured in media nationwide including: ESPN, Hallmark Channel, the AP, CNN-Radio, USA radio network, NPR, and more. Alt's award-winning books, A Walk for Sunshine and A Hike for Mike, have been reviewed in Library Journal, Chicago Sun Times and more. In addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, he also walked the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and trekked across a 50-mile path of Ireland with his wife, young daughter, and extended family. His son was taken on his first hike at 8 weeks. Alt resides in Cincinnati, OH, with his wife and two children. For additional information, visit http://jeffalt.com/media.asp.

"A fascinating interview. This story is for anyone seeking inspiration to achieve their own goals" – Roger, WNRI

"…When Jeff Alt hiked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail…he did not suspect the experience would have turned into such a life-changing event. But it has, and he writes about it in…A Walk For Sunshine..." –Steve Pollick, The Toledo Blade

"...There are numerous books on hiking the Appalachian Trail, but Alt tells the story best..."
– Carey Kish, Maine Outdoor Journal

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