What Exactly Is the ’22 Pushup Challenge?’
It may not have yet reached the popularity of 2014’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but you’ve probably still seen it on social media and in the news—the “22 Pushup Challenge.” All around the country, people are taking videos of themselves doing pushups—22 a day—to honor the U.S. military and raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention. The goal of the program is to reach 22 million pushups.
Participants in the 22 Pushup Challenge are hoping to show their support for veterans and the mental health issues they face. A growing number of celebrities—from Kevin Bacon to Chris Pratt—have participated and posted their videos to social media.
The number “22” is the estimated number of veterans who take their own lives every day in the United States. Although the actual number is a little bit lower, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs, it’s still alarming. Studies show that veterans are at higher risk for suicide than the general population.
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