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The 50-State Journey to Wellness

Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a series that will journal the journey of wellness guru and golf enthusiast, A.J. Ali as he travels America to play golf in every state to raise awareness for healthy living.

After losing his father and brother to health-related illnesses and after a close call with a blood clot and pulmonary embolism two years ago, A.J. has dedicated his life to living well and sharing his experiences to encourage others to focus on wellness.

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My name is A.J. Ali, and in four days I’ll be embarking on a journey unlike any other I’ve ever taken before. I plan to visit all of America’s 50 states in 101 days and play golf in every single one.

As the Executive Producer and Host of an exciting new wellness media program called, “Wellness 101” – and an avid golfer – I’ll be teeing it up in every state, searching for the healthiest people, places, things, programs and events along the way. It’s called the Wellness 101 50-State Challenge.

As I take off on this nationwide journey, I am very proud to have GolfNow as one of my sponsor partners. I’ll be checking in here on The Daily Tee periodically, sharing my adventures and my upcoming golf schedule. I also encourage others who strive to be healthier or just want to get out and golf, to join me for some fun in the sun and some wellness education through activities such as a Wellness 101 Seminar or Wellness 101 Putting Challenge!

My love of golf and its exercise benefits are what prompted me to incorporate the sport into my journey to spread the wellness word, and I hope you will follow me and get in touch with me to play golf and talk wellness together. I plan to publish a book of my collective experiences later this year and include some of the wellness stories of my new-found friends.

The Wellness 101 50-State Challenge tees off next week in Melbourne, Fla. You can see my entire schedule and ways to join or support my efforts at, and you can enjoy wellness videos and other content from our entire Wellness 101 team at

Be well – A.J.

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