When I started this blog, it was to share my weight loss journey and healthy recipes to help others get healthy and lose weight. One things I’m very passionate about is the growing obesity problem. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish there were more I could do personally to help other people eat better and live more active. After all, I’ve been in there. I know what it feels like to be overweight and what it takes to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Something else I’m passionate about it are kids. While I don’t have children of my own, I believe obesity starts with kids. The habits formed at a young age carry with us into adulthood. Right now childhood obesity is on the rise which means more adults who may be obese.
It’s important to teach our future generations about eating healthy, what real nutrition means and showing them how to stay active. When I was contacted last month to participate in STEP UP 4 KIDS Challenge, my response was where do I sign up?
Healthy LifeStars is an Arizona based non-profit organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. Over 18,000 kids and their families in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada have been served by Healthy LifeStars through its affiliation with The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Clubs, and The YMCA. Healthy LifeStarts is hosting its first ever STEP UP 4 KIDS Challenge during the month of October.
STEP UP 4 KiDS is a fun and healthy event to challenge adults and kids to have fun and get active by walking the most steps in a week. The purpose of the Challenge is to raise funds to support the addition of underserved kids and sites wanting to join the Healthy LifeStars program.
Throughout the week of October 12- 18th, the STEP UP 4 KiDS Challenge will pair an adult participant (“Champion”) with a child or group of children in taking the most steps during the week. During this week, participants will track their steps taken by using a pedometer, mobile phone app, or other tracking device and log their progress into an online database.
As you know, I lost 80 pounds walking. Walking is a fun, good-for-you activity that can change your life. It sure changed mine! “One day I started walking and that one day changed my whole life.”
Adults can register for $50 and kids under 17 participate free. Everyone is part of a team. You can either form a team or join a team. The top 25 kids and top 3 adults will be rewarded with prizes. You can register here.
If life me, you can’t walk (I’m still on crutches), you can still participate by donating $50 to the cause here. Your $50 gives one child a year of FREE access to Healthy LifeStars. That’s a small price to pay for a big reward to a child that can make all difference in their future. I hope you consider supporting our future generations!
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Remember small changes in your daily life add up over time. Stay active, live happy and eat well!
Will you Step Up 4 Kids? What are you passionate about?
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