PHCS News

Kids Marathon Scheduled for October 12

Jun 25, 2014
Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Kids Marathon, a fitness program sponsored by Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center that strives to help youngsters develop healthy habits for a lifetime.

Children in grades K through 8 may participate in the Kids Marathon by running, walking or rolling an average of 2.5 miles per week over a 10-week period. After completing the 25 miles, the children will come together to finish the final 1.2 miles on Sunday, October 12, at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South.

Registration and parental permission are required. Registration will be $20 for those who sign up by July 1. After July 1, registration will be $25. Proceeds raised by the event support the care of babies and children at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center at University Medical Center of Princeton.

In addition to the final leg of the Kids Marathon, the October 12 event will feature kids' crafts, local vendors, water ice and activities for the whole family. Last year, 550 children participated in the Kids Marathon.

PHCS initiated the Kids Marathon in 2009 as a way to encourage young people to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. More than one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled among adolescents during the past 30 years. The potential health risks posed by childhood obesity include asthma and obstructive sleep apnea, as well as long-term, chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

For more information or to register, parents should call 1-888-897-8979 or visit www.princetonhcs.org/kidsmarathon.

About Princeton HealthCare System
Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit www.princetonhcs.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andy Williams, 609-252-8785
anwilliams@princetonhcs.org