We all know childhood obesity is an ever growing problem in our nation. And as a health-minded population, we are in a unique position to put a dent in the problem. There are so many ways to go about this–serving as good role models to our kids and community’s kids; encouraging more activity and healthier lunches in our schools; and supporting organizations and activities that teach kids how to lead healthy lifestyles.
One organization that is leading efforts to combat childhood obesity is ING. The company created its Run For Something Better program to help kids learn that exercise is fun and rewarding. Through its free school-based running fitness programs, ING Run For Something Better challenges children to get active, set goals and start a lifetime habit of physical activity. Each program is capped off with a fun running event involving the school or even the larger community. I’m all over this idea. How about you?
ING is inviting bloggers and social media users to “orange up,” in support of the program. They’ve got orange shoe laces and orange sunglasses available to show your support. Take a photo of yourself all “oranged-up” and post it on your blog, your Facebook page, the Runners Nations Facebook page or Twitter with the hashtag #orange-up. Then, send ING a link to the photo. The first 25 people total who post an “orange up” photo get an awesome ASICS ING tech shirt (orange of course) as a show of thanks from ING.
Want to take things a step further? You can apply to win one of 50 grants of $2,500 each to help start or sustain an existing school-based running program. You can also donate to the cause directly or join a fundraising team.
However you go about it, supporting the Run for Something Better campaign is a fantastic way to help fight childhood obesity. Orange up!
Do any of your local schools have running programs for their students? Ever been a part of one?
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post by ING.