For years, combining photography + running has been foundational in contributing to my Culture of Health. It’s moving meditation. It’s my time to reflect, to dream, and plan. It’s how I find hidden paths, experience cities as they begin to wake up, climb mountains and exchange passing nods of support with those I pass. It physical, mental, and emotional.
In 2016, my hometown of Louisville, KY was awarded the Culture of Health Prize by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As an artist, entrepreneur, and runner, I am proud to have participated in the application process, and have exponentially benefited both from the deep-dive into my own community, and from the network of communities we have been introduced to through RWJF.
Since then, through our work at IDEAS xLab with Project HEAL, and two learning exchanges as part of the Culture of Health Prize Alumni Network, I explored 6 Culture of Health Prize communities combining running + photography via #runJMrun. This exploration included: Louisville, KY; Santa Monica, CA; New Orleans, LA; Asheville, NC; 24:1 Missouri; Miami-Dade Co, FL.
You can read more about our learning exchange with Santa Monica -> County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.
Buncombe Co, NC (Asheville)
All photographs by Josh Miller.