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Motivate the next generation: join SoleMates for Girls on the Run

3 April 2012 @ 11:07 AM  / Girls on the Run / Sports / Fitness Blog /

GOTR logo-sm Suzee Kujawa-smAs a national sponsor of the Girls on the Run SoleMates charity runner program, Garmin is partnering with this great organization to further their mission and share the stories of the women and men who are “running for a reason”. Runners can sign up for any event — runs, walks, bike rides or triathlons — and raise funds that will support their chosen council of Girls on the Run. Want your next race to help change lives? Find out more here. Today's story comes from Coach Suzanne, who is investing in the lives of young girls for a payout of healthier lifestyles.

One-third of adults in the United States are obese. A new study just came out that shows over fifty percent of cats and dogs in America are overweight. It isn’t hard to imagine this will also have an effect on American children. About one-third of kids in America are considered above a healthy weight. When I see statistics like this, I know I picked the right sport to coach for kids.

Running is a sport anyone can do at any level. It is the least expensive sport available. All you need are shoes and socks to get started. Kids already know how to run around. I believe teaching children about healthy eating and exercise from an early age can keep them from developing the bad habits that adults (maybe even their parents) have and keep them from becoming overweight. I believe in working with SoleMates because the money I raise goes right toward scholarships to help kids participate in Girls on the Run teams like the one I coach. The more kids we can teach, the more kids we can show how to live a healthy lifestyle. You can’t ask for a better investment.

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