Bel Inizio

For more than ten years, Theresa Strong has used running to stay fit in her body and mind. Strong told, “I want people who have had hard times grow in their self-confidence.” In 2010, Strong started Bel Inizio (“Beautiful Beginnings”) to do just that. Bel Inizio works with women in Houston who are overcoming major obstacles in their lives such as addiction, recovery from sexual abuse, and homelessness. Members of each Bel Inizio team trains to complete a 5k.

“In Bel Inizio, participants set a goal and achieve it,” notes Strong. The teams members learn
about commitment, nutrition, and fitness. Bel Inizio volunteer trainers offer encouragement, information, and support. “We really learn from each other,” says Strong, “We all matter. Some people lose sight of that fact. We hope our training program will help us all remember.” has been pleased to work with Bel Inizio as they focus their efforts and plan for long-term growth and sustainability. To learn more about Bel Inizio and their good work, visit