Randy Leff via Crowdrise
March 27, 2012
I'm raising money to run the 2012 Boston Marathon and to help with the fight against youth obesity in the U.S. by teaming up with the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA).
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.
Donations made on my behalf will help me reach my goal of running the Boston Marathon and will allow AMAA and the American Running Association (its sister organization) to support their joint "Youth Fitness Programs Campaign." The campaign's central national event is the "National Run A Mile Days" which takkes place the first week in May each year. Training materials and onsite incentives are provided to all participants.
Please consider donating. Any amount will help me get closer to my goal of running the Boston Marathon and will support these two non-profit organizations as they work hard to deter youth obesity through fun and motivating programs.
ONE-ON-ONE, WALK & RUN and the RUN A MILE DAYs are youth fitness programs of the American Running Association (ARA), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. The American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA) joined forces with ARA after a close affiliation since the early 70s. Both AMAA and ARA work together on the Youth Fitness efforts. ARA was founded in June 1968 as the National Jogging Association by the-then Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Richard Bohannon. The mission of the American Running Association is to promote running and a healthy lifestyle and to increase the physical activity levels of all Americans from youths to adults.