09/07/2010 01:17 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Fitness Group Helps Homeless Get "Back On Their Feet"

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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