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SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care

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SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care
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Andrea Wenner: Helping kids get active
When Andrea Wenner, 32, moved to New York City six years ago, she lived near an elementary school. "I kept seeing kids sitting on the curb because there wasn't a playground," she says. "It just didn't seem right!"

Changing the world: Out2Play
Four years later, after learning that half of the elementary schools in New York City didn't have a place for kids to get active during recess, she dreamed up the nonprofit Out2Play with the goal of building playgrounds at every elementary school in New York City. "We've installed 120 playgrounds—helping more than 90,000 kids get active."

What Andrea Wenner wants you to know:
Most people will help if you ask. "Typically when I explain our project to people, they offer to lend a hand in some way, be it their time, ideas, or professional advice."

Andrea Wenner's stay healthy secret:
Find fresh ways to keep active. "I organize ski trips, run road races, and have even tried kiteboarding. It takes planning, but I get such a rush from doing something new."

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