BENEFITING: AMERICAN RUNNING ASSOCIATION
ORGANIZER: AMERICAN RUNNING ASSOCIATION
Thank you for visiting my page. This story started for me many years ago when I was an overweight kid. I loved to eat (and still do!), but back then I didn't exercise consistently or shy away from soda, dessert, or junk food. Unsurprisingly, I didn't like running because it was too hard. That finally changed after I signed up for my first marathon during my senior year of high school.
As I grew older, I realized the benefits of diet and exercise. Health and well-being now define a major part of who I am and what I care about. It's never too late to start exercising, but it's never too early either. That's why I'm running the Boston Marathon and raising $5000 for the American Medical Athletic Association's Youth Fitness Fund to help fight childhood obesity and raise more awareness about this problem. We can all help each other establish better habits in our lives.
I wish you and your family health and happiness during 2015 and beyond. Thank you again for visiting my page and supporting such a great cause. You can find more information about the AMAA Youth Fitness Fund below.
BENEFITTING AMAA's YOUTH FITNESS FUND
For the 2015 "RUN the Boston Marathon® with AMAA" program, we've partnered with CrowdRise to encourage AMAA members to unite and fundraise for our 2014-2015 Youth Fitness Fund. Just imagine the impact our group of medical and health professionals can have when harnessed to send a fitness message to the community in a fun and compelling way!
The Problem: Over 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, 15 percent are obese, and three out of five children ages nine to 13 don't participate in sports or other coached physical activities outside of school. These overweight and unfit children are more likely to remain unhealthy in adulthood and have an increased risk for developing life-threatening medical conditions such as Type II diabetes and heart disease.
The Solution: The American Running Association (ARA) and its medical division, the American Medical Athletic Association, are united in efforts to deter youth obesity in the U.S. and promote higher levels of physical activity for school-age youth. Donations made to ARA and AMAA's Youth Fitness Fund will benefit national RUN A MILE DAYS, held annually in May. Funds will support distribution of free materials such as the 8-week walk/run training schedule and posters, as well as help with onsite activities during the week-long event. To learn more about the program, go to www.runamile.org.
The ARA and AMAA also host an annual cross-country championship for middle schoolers through high school students from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. This event, held in November, is entering its eighth year and has grown to over 500 participants.
Support for the ARA/AMAA Youth Fitness Fund will help expand the organizations' efforts to increase the number of grass-roots youth running events nationwide.
To create your fundraising campaign, click here.
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