BENEFITING: CHANGE FOR KIDS INC
ORGANIZER: CHANGE FOR KIDS INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 180
Hey Friends, Family, Collegues!
I'm training for the NY Marathon this year to benefit Change for Kids (CFK), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of education and wellness at underfunded New York Public Schools. 100% of funds we raise will go towards establishing a brand new Healthy Living program at PS 83 and 78 in the South Bronx benefitting 500 underprivileged kids.
Why This Matters:
Today’s children are expected to be the first generation in American history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. This has been caused in part by reductions in school physical education programs. Only 3.8% of elementary schools provide the recommended daily physical education to their students, and this deficiency is even more pronounced in the low-income schools we serve.
As a result, child obesity rates have increased across the board, but particularly for children in high-poverty rate schools. Between 2003 and 2007, obesity rates increased 23% for low-income children. The effects of childhood obesity are numerous: from a lifetime of health problems (including Type II Diabetes, hypertension, asthma and heart disease) to emotional and psychological effects, including low self-esteem and depression. Current studies also show that poor eating and inactive lifestyles have a direct effect on academic performance.
Funds afforded through the 2012 ING NYC Marathon charity spots will initiate additional gym classes, brand new nutrition classes, and structured recess time for 500 students at 2 partner CFK schools. Setting students on the right track to reach their full potential by building the healthy living skills they need to chart their own means of impacting the world.
Change for Kids (CFK) believes every student deserves a quality education, and every school needs the proper resources to deliver it. Unfortunately, when budgets get cut, schools in low income communities are unable to fill the gaps in funding. Vital enrichment programs are the first to go.
That's where CFK comes in. We partner with underprivileged NYC public elementary schools to provide a broad range of essential programming in four core areas: literacy, arts, healthy living, and classroom support. We create inspiring learning environments at our partner schools that enable students to discover their unique strengths and develop the confidence to achieve.