Andrew Meinster '07 named Philly Health Hero nominee, shares personal story to raise awareness for addiction
Andrew Meinster '07 named Philly Health Hero nominee, shares personal story to raise awareness for addiction

Lower Merion alumnus Andrew Meinster '07 is one of 16 semifinalists in the Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge (vote for Andrew here through October 3). The owner of Trapstar Health & Fitness, Andrew has a powerful story about struggling with addiction and transforming his life through a commitment to personal health and fitness – a choice he made on the day of his 24th birthday and described in a recent interview with Philadelphia Magazine:

"After running from my problems for five years, coming off a week's binge, seeing my family torn apart day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, I finally surrendered after crying in bed for several hours. I got out of bed and told my parents "I'm done." I knew it would be hard for them to believe me because those words came out of my mouth many times before. It was up to me to prove to them, by taking action, that I was forever done with drugs. So after a few days of being clean, despite the withdrawal symptoms, I walked through the doors of LA Fitness ... and soon enough, I discovered fitness to be my new addiction.

In honor of National Recovery Month (September), Andrew launched the Get Fit 4 Recovery Plank Challenge to raise awareness for the disease of addiction and funds for Recovery Advocates of America. The event took place on the back steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on September 11th, with attendees participating in a one-minute, 29-second plank to honor the lives of 129 people who die from substance overdose every day. Funds are also being raised through a Go Fund Me drive. Andrew and two friends introduced the initiative in a moving video, which included personal stories about addiction.

Through his current work, Andrew is helping to inspire others to make positive choices in their lives. He wants to take his experience and "pay it forward" to help individuals who are struggling with addiction.

For more information and videos about Andrew and his story, click here.
To make a donation in support of Andrew's efforts, click here.
To vote for Andrew as a Philadelphia Health Hero, click here.Andrew Meinster