Project KidsK Helps 250 Children Qualify for the KidsK Run in Ogden

Project KidsK is a weekly afterschool program implemented at 13 YMCAs in the Ogden area for children ages 12 and under. Participating students learn about proper nutrition, how the body functions, building muscle and maintaining a healthy weight. These concepts are taught using a curriculum designed by the YMCA and McKay-Dee Hospital. Participants who complete two eight-week blocks of the program qualify to run in the KidsK, a one-mile course. Runners’ parents can participate in the race with their children at no charge.
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OGDEN, Utah – The Get Out And Live (GOAL) Foundation, along with the YMCA After School Program and Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital, announced today that 250 children participating in their Project KidsK program have qualified to run in the Huggies KidsK, Saturday, May 16, 12:30 p.m., in conjunction with the annual Zions Bank Ogden Marathon.

Project KidsK is a weekly afterschool program implemented at 13 YMCAs in the Ogden area for children ages 12 and under. Participating students learn about proper nutrition, how the body functions, building muscle and maintaining a healthy weight. These concepts are taught using a curriculum designed by the YMCA and McKay-Dee Hospital. Participants who complete two eight-week blocks of the program qualify to run in the KidsK, a one-mile course. Runners’ parents can participate in the race with their children at no charge.

Marsha Prantil, Ogden School District program specialist and Senior Director of Youth and Family for Ogden and the Greater Salt Lake YMCA, said, “We need to start teaching children at a young age healthy habits that will help them become healthy adults. The Project KidsK curriculum has helped these young students qualify for the run by teaching them to make healthy food choices and to make physical activity a part of their everyday lives. We are excited for the children to show parents, teachers and spectators how they have prepared themselves for the Ogden run.”

The enthusiasm and success of the Project KidsK participants is a mark of the program’s success for Jennifer Stockard, executive director of the GOAL foundation. “We had hoped to qualify 150 children and are thrilled that the participants have exceeded our expectations,” Stockard said. “Many of children in the program have learned that eating healthy and exercising regularly is rewarding. They want to meet all of the requirements of Project KidsK so they can cross the finish line while thousands of people cheer them on.”

KidsK participants begin running the last mile of the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon on 25th Street in downtown Ogden and cross the 25th Street finish line with the marathon participants.

This event is made possible by sponsors Zions Bank, Huggies, and partners GOAL Foundation, YMCA and Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital.

To learn more about Project KidsK and the Huggies KidsK run go to www.ogdenmarathon.com.

The GOAL Foundation:

The Get Out And Live (GOAL) Foundation is a non-profit organization led by community leaders, business owners, former 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic planners and volunteers that develops and produces recreational, athletic and cultural programs and events for the Ogden and Northern Utah areas. The GOAL Foundation was formed to maintain the community’s enthusiasm for sports, art and outdoor recreation that the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City created. More information about the GOAL Foundation is available at www.goalfoundation.com.

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