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‘Run the Ridge 5K’ benefits kids struggling with obesity --Suzanne Gray

Last month, Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness organized the 9th annual Run the Ridge 5K run/walk at County Line Square in Burr Ridge. Every year, the beneficiaries have been nonprofit organizations chosen because of their presence and work with special needs populations. This year, the 5K committee chose ProActive Kids Foundation, devoted to helping youth and their families who struggle with obesity. ProActive Kids, along with Right Fit, strive to improve the overall health of youth through changes in both exercise and dietary habits. Youth obesity is such a prevalent issue in today’s society. With the increase in sedentary screen time activities, video games and television, youths rarely receive the amount of daily physical activity that their growing minds and bodies require. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than a third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Right Fit and PAK have partnered to provide these youth struggling with obesity opportunities to become physically active in a safe, friendly and fun environment. It is our goal to teach these children and adolescents that being active and living a healthy lifestyle can lead to positive outcomes and improved quality of life. The money raised from last month’s 5K race will go to PAK to continue their efforts to expand their programs one community at a time.

I encourage you to preview a special Channel 5 segment of youth with autism who struggle with weight and obesity issues just updated to our Videos page.

Copyright © 2017 Suzanne M. Gray.