RunningBrooke on ACTive Kids!

Brooke Curran, founder of RunningBrooke, shares these words about the importance of kids being active and healthy: 

At RunningBrooke, we believe that all kids should enter kindergarten healthy and prepared to learn. We know that kids need to get outside and move to develop healthy bodies and minds. Results from multiple CDC reports show statistically significant relationships between fitness and academic achievement. Beyond the tests are the social skills learned on the playground and through active play: taking turns, teamwork, sharing, helping.  (The Association between Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance, CDC)

44.5% of Alexandria's 2-to-5 year olds are classified as obese or overweight -- this is a statistic that we all need to strive to change! Healthy kids are active kids who do better in school, who learn important social skills and who are less likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease later in life. (https://www.novahealthfdn.org)

 

Brooke recently completed Phase 1 of her mission to lace up her shoes for at-risk-kids. Phase 1 included a marathon on each of the 7 continents, in each of the 50 states, and the 5 world marathon majors. She is now working on completing Phase 2: 100 marathons and one million dollars for at-risk NoVA kids. So far, Brooke has raised over $300,000 for charities serving Alexandria's at-risk children. 

Feeling inspired? Post your ideas for keeping kids ACTive and healthy!

 

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