Registration for Kids Marathon Now Open
|Kids Marathoners earn miles by attending any of these free programs:
*Grow Your Own Veggie Garden
* Programs presented thanks to the generous support of Scott and Tracy Sipprelle and Novo Nordisk
Any physical activity can count toward the total: sports, gym class, walking to school or even household chores. Marathoners can also earn miles by attending kid-friendly healthy living programs offered by PHCS Community Education & Outreach. (See inset, left.)
Kids earn incentives for achieving milestones at 5, 10, 13.1, 20 and 25 miles.
On Sunday, June 11, participants will come together to finish the final 1.2 miles of their marathon during a fun run that will be held at Educational Testing Service, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton.
Parents can get more information or register their children by visiting www.princetonhealthinmotion.com.
The cost is $25, with proceeds supporting PHCS programs to promote wellness and prevent obesity and chronic disease among children.
If cost is an issue, parents may contact Debbie Millar, Director, PHCS Community Education & Outreach, at 609-897-8982 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see if their children are eligible for a free scholarship.
The Kids Marathon is presented by PHCS Community Education & Outreach in partnership with Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center. Thousands of young people have participated in the Kids Marathon since it was initiated in 2009 to raise awareness of the dangers of childhood obesity and promote regular physical activity for all children.
The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Children and adolescents with obesity face greater risk of bone and joint problems, sleep apnea and social and psychological issues. They also tend to have obesity as adults, making them more susceptible to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer. Research shows that type 2 diabetes is a growing problem among teens as well.
Physical Activity and the Health of Young People
Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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.
Andy Williams, 609-252-8785