A Walk to FundSchool Programs to Fight Childhood Obesity
On Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m., Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation will host The Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living Walk, a family-friendly 1 mile or 5K walk at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. Participants will register to walk to increase public awareness and raise money to fight childhood obesity.
Proceeds support after-school programs that empower young children and their families to practice healthy eating and active lifestyles. Now in its third year, The Lifeline Challenge To Healthy Living after-school program is a collaborative effort between Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) and 10 local elementary schools. Through fun, interactive lessons and activities, students learn how to make healthy food and beverage choices and how to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines.
“It’s not a secret that childhood obesity is on the rise,” said Michelle Faulkner, RD, Lifeline Challenge registered dietician. “This program brings a common-sense, all-encompassing approach to balanced nutrition and physical activity. In order for these kids to grow into healthy, fit, knowledgeable adults, we need to give them the tools and resources to achieve that goal. Reaching out to them via community-based programs such as Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living is a great first step.”
Clara Maass Medical Center is committed to educating the local youth on ways to stay healthy and encourages individuals, families and businesses to walk to eliminate and prevent childhood obesity.
Visit www.claramaassfoundation.org to register or become a corporate sponsor for the Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living Walk. Registration fees are $25 per adult and $5 per child (zoo admission included). Prizes will be awarded to individuals who raise the most money through donations. Prizes include: iPads, iPod Nanos, Amazon Kindles, and Family Memberships to Turtle Back Zoo. Sign up to walk with your friends, family and business colleagues today.