Healthy snacks, snack mascots, prizes at Healthy Kids Run at RHS

West Michigan Action for Healthy Kids: Race for Healthy Kids has been recognized as a quality physical activity event by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. West Michigan Action for Healthy Kids (WMAHK) is holding the third annual Race For Healthy Kids 5K run or walk and Kids Fun Run on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at Rockford High School.

This family fun event, for both children and adults, is an opportunity to promote physical activity, being active as a family, and good nutrition. Following the 5K walk or run will be a Fun Run just for kids. Kids will run around the Rockford High School track and will be joined by fruit and vegetable characters and other motivating mascots.

Prizes will be awarded to the top “banana” and medals to the top three runners in each age group as well as awards for all Fun Run participants. Healthy snacks from each food group, such as low-fat milk, low-fat cheese, whole grain cereal bars, carrots, apples, and water will be provided to participants.

There is a $20 pre-registration fee for the 5K walk/run event ($10 student rate) and a $5 fee for the Fun Run. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.actionforhealthykids.org/michigan. Completed forms and registration fees can be done online or dropped off or mailed to Dawn Davies at the Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

WMAFHK is a nonprofit volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools and families to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day and ready to learn.

The Governor’s Council endorses local, regional and state events to acknowledge an organization’s ability to plan and carry out a quality event that significantly contributes to the health and well being of Michigan residents. West Michigan Action for Healthy Kids: Race for Healthy Kids exemplifies this core value and is endorsed by the Governor’s Council.

“By endorsing local events all across the state, we hope to bring attention to the importance of physical activity and encourage our citizens to take responsibility for their health,” said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Governor’s Council. “These local events can have a tremendous impact on health care costs that present a significant challenge for our state’s economy.”

In order to become an endorsed event, an organization must complete an application form for review. Some criteria that is taken into consideration includes providing a positive, safe physical activity experience using qualified officials and benefiting a nonprofit or charitable organization. For more information about the Governor’s Council’s endorsement program, please visit www.michiganfitness.org/endorsements/index.php.

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