Local fitness guru does 22 different push-ups for suicide prevention

Raising awareness for veteran suicide

AUSTIN,TX - When Melanie Daly was first invited to the 22 for 22 challenge, she thought it was a run-of-the-mill Facebook page.

"I had a friend who challenged me on Facebook," she said. "I thought ‘it's gonna be an invite to do one of those games or something,’ but I clicked on it and read it anyway and I was devastated."

What Daly read was a sobering statistic from the VA: more than 20 veterans commit suicide every day.

"I cannot begin to understand," she said. "It kind of blew me away and I thought 22 push-ups is the least I can do."

The campaign started gaining traction on Facebook. Similar to the Ice-Bucket challenge, users are challenged to commit and then begin a 22-day challenge. Each day, they are to do 22 push-ups and tag a friend or family member. For Daly, a Personal Fitness Trainer and Nutritionist, it was an opportunity to use her skills.

"22 push-ups, I can do them," she said. "It's what I do. It may not be that big of a challenge but it's meaningful. So I decided I was going to do 22 push-ups in 22 different ways. "

Over the course of 22 days, Daly showed off 22 different techniques ranging from a "t-push up" to "mountain climbers" to "high-five push-ups."

"My last push-up was the serve the platter pushup," she said. "That's really what it's about. It's about serving people who have served us and that's the bottom line."

You can find more information about the challenge here or here

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