Photo: Marco Garcia
HEALTHY HABITS HERO: Annie Scruggs, Age 25, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Annie Scruggs approach to life takes only two words to describe: “Game on!” During her senior year at the University of Hawaii, she signed up to run the Honolulu Marathon one day before the race because her boyfriend at the time told her he didn’t think she could do it. “I figured if I could get to the end without having to call someone to pick me up, that was a success.” Five and a half hours later, she crossed the finish line.
Since then, Scruggs has received a master’s in public administration and scored a job with a computer company—and learned to train for marathons before running them. She also bikes to work almost daily, surfs, hikes, and takes advantage of Groupon deals for anything from Zumba to hot yoga classes. “I’m thankful being active was instilled in me early. It’s something I’m going to have for the rest of my life,” she says.