Get signed up! The Healthy Kids Running Series starts soon

Spring is here, bringing with it warmer winds and later days for antsy children to get outside to burn some energy! The start of spring is a great time to reestablish healthy habits including regular physical activity and active play. It’s good time to sign up your child up for a structured activity. Having a pre-planned and already organized activity is helpful when establishing an active lifestyle—it’ll be easier for your child to stick with it.

With childhood obesity rates continuing to rise in most age groups across Philadelphia, the need for healthy lifestyle options in the community continues to be critical. One option is the Healthy Kids Running Series, which provides children with a positive, educational, and fun experience in the world of running. The Healthy Weight Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia initiated HKRS in West Philadelphia in April 2014. The HWP will be running its sixth series and 85 percent of the cost is subsidized making the total cost of the 5 week program, $5.

The HKRS takes place in the spring starting in April and fall for children in Pre-K toeighth grade. The series is held for five weeks and each week there are age appropriate running events, including the 50 yard dash, 75 yard dash, the quarter-mile, half-mile and one-mile runs. Children earn points each week and…

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