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John Emge

By John Emge


Lacing Up for Healthy Kids: United Way’s Halloween Bone Run & Walk

Tue, November 08, 2016

Bone Run 2016 photo

On Saturday, October 29, hundreds of runners and walkers took steps toward driving Impact in Cumberland County as part of United Way’s Halloween Bone Run and Walk. The reason? To promote healthy and active lifestyles.

Living a healthier, more active lifestyle improves a child’s overall wellness, which increases opportunities for academic success. Yet, throughout our nation, too many children aren’t getting the recommended amount of exercise they need during a regular school day or eating enough fruits and vegetables. Even in our region, some neighborhoods lack sidewalks for safe biking, walking or other activities or safe public places to play. As a result, childhood obesity has become a significant issue.

In partnership with several organizations throughout Cumberland County, United Way is working to reduce childhood obesity by encouraging healthy lifestyle habits such as walking and biking to school and eating right. This year, hundreds of runners and their families and friends joined with us at Parvin State Park to promote healthy lifestyle changes throughout Vineland.

Proceeds from the race will support United Way’s Impact Fund, which we invest to expand the impact of programs like New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, which combats the childhood obesity epidemic through policy and environmental change, putting fresh, healthy food within reach and encouraging increased physical activity through structured, coordinated play. More than $27,000 was raised from the event.

Through our collective efforts, continued advocacy and outreach of our partners, we can increase access to safe outdoor spaces and healthy food options. When we lace up and race together, we can achieve Impact that none of us can achieve alone.

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