Are your kids participating in the Billion Mile Race?
Active kids simply do better—better in the classroom, better attendance, better health and fitness. Karen Finnegan, a fifth-grade teacher whose school in West Roxbury, MA, is participating in the Billion Mile Race, noted, “The children have more energy, and they’re more focused on their school work.”
Only one in three children is physically active each day. School-based walking and running programs are a winning approach to building more physical activity into kids’ daily lives and forming the essential healthy habits that will help to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The Billion Mile Race challenges 5-12 year olds to collectively reach one billion miles by participating in school-based walking and running clubs. More than 1,200 schools have already signed on to the multi-year effort and students have already logged more than 5 million miles, the equivalent of 21 trips to the moon.
Every school in the country can sign up for the Race at no charge, accessing support materials and tracking their progress through the online portal. If you want more information on how to join the movement, visit the Billion Mile Race website www.billionmilerace.org. The website provides all you need to start a walking and running club, set goals, log miles, track progress, and participate in this national movement. As a parent, you can support this movement and make a big difference in the wellbeing of the kids in your community. It’s the right thing to do!