Healthy Kids Running Series tackles children’s health issues in over 350 US cities
Thornton, Pennsylvania March 16, 2022 –(PR.com)– Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) continues to champion children’s health and a “Get Up and Go” lifestyle by launching biannual five-week programs in 41 states across the United States for children ages 2 to 14 years old.
From March to May, kids will participate in age-appropriate races and be exposed to various avenues to maintain their overall health.
“It’s a safe and healthy environment for kids to get interested in running and realize how much fun being active can really be,” says Tamara Conan, Vice President of Healthy Kids Running Series. “Healthy Kids is designed for children who have no running experience. You may have a child who has never raced before or has no racing experience, comes to try it for the first time and falls in love with it. That’s the best part about it.
Global obesity has tripled since 1975, with 39 million children under the age of five overweight or obese in 2020 and more than 340 million children and adults according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 2020. 2016. In addition to running, HKRS partners with leaders in child health, including pediatricians, nutritionists and child therapists, to give parents and children the tools to maintain a balance between mental health and well-being. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2016 and 2019, among children aged three to 17, approximately 5.8 million and 2.7 million were diagnosed with anxiety and depression, respectively. Additionally, empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute 40% of daily calories for children and teens ages 2 to 18.
“During the pandemic, we have created an interactive guide, which is included in the series registration,” Tamara said. “This interactive guide covers stretching, healthy eating, mental health, physical activity, proper running training – all types of helpful resources. Now more than ever, learning how important it is to be active and to be outdoors is essential. It’s a prescription in itself, really. We want to create this overall healthy lifestyle for all of our riders.
Healthy Kids Running Series reaches over 60,000 young runners in more than 300 communities across the United States. Healthy Kids Running Series engages communities and families by providing an inclusive running experience for young people, inspiring children to believe in themselves and lead healthy, active lifestyles.
Learn more about www.HealthyKidsRunningSeries.org.
To sign up for a series near you, visit Healthy Kids Running Series today. Each participant of the complete series will receive a t-shirt and a medal. Registration for the five-week series is now open.
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