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Fitness Group Helps Homeless Get "Back On Their Feet"

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People struggling with homelessness and substance abuse in several cities across America have chosen to run through their problems instead of from them with the help of a fitness support group, USA Today reports.

Back on My Feet offers shelter residents stipends for basic necessities and self-esteem boosts if they dedicate themselves to a near-daily running regimen. The program was launched in Philadelphia and plans to expand to seven more cities by 2012.

Cory Walker, 26, of Boston has struggled with addiction but credits a newfound dedication to getting his life back together to the program.

"I have a new mentality," Walker says. "If I fall, trip or stumble, I'm not going to give up. ... That's not an option anymore."


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