“We’re Changing Lives Through Fitness”
Supporting organizations that make efforts to reduce childhood obesity is really important to me. We cannot deny this country’s skyrocketing rates of obesity. Sometimes reaching out to adults can be difficult. Adults can be stubborn, make excuses, or sometimes we just don’t want to change. I fully believe that reaching children is the key to changing the course of the future in regard to the rising rate of obesity. If we educate children and encourage them to develop healthy eating and fitness habits, it will only serve to benefit their generation and future generations.
I have to say this bluntly. It makes me cringe when I see overweight children with overweight parents. I am completely sympathetic to the fact that some children (like some adults) have legitimate health reasons for the extra weight, whether that is due to a medical condition, medication, etc. But we all know that this does not account for the majority of overweight children in our communities. It frustrates me when I see parents allow their children to get the extra large side of French fries instead of fruit or vegetables, or when children are allowed to spend HOURS inside playing video games instead of being outside, running around the neighborhood or riding their bikes. As adults, we have to lead by example! WE are responsible for this growing epidemic. We can help change this!
ING Run for Something Better, in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), helps children get excited about exercise and fosters their desire for fitness and running! Woot woot! The idea is to get children to practice healthy habits before obesity even begins. The desire of ING Run for Something Better is that one day childhood obesity will not threaten so many children in America.
ING Run for Something Better funds free school-based running fitness programs that challenge children to get active, set goals, and start a lifetime habit of physical activity.
Each running program is wrapped up with a “final mile run” 5k running event that all of the children participate in together. At these events, the children are awarded with medals, t-shirts, and celebrity appearances. In addition to this exciting event, the participating children are left with an incredible sense of pride and achievement, improved self esteem, and increased school performance. Leaving the program, the children are armed with the tools and education to make smart decisions about how to lead a healthier lifestyle as they grow and look to the future.
One of the best ways to get involved with ING Run for Something Better is to become a member or the Orange Laces Nation! The Orange Laces Nation is an official charity partner of the Rock N Roll series of half marathon and full marathon racing events. If you are already signed up for a Rock n Roll event or if you are considering signing up for one, please also consider signing up to support this amazing organization! The Orange Laces Nation and children of America need your help! Put those running shoes to work!
Have you ever been a member of the Orange Laces Nation? Have you ever run an event for charity? How do you feel about this program to fight childhood obesity?