There were so many inspiring stories last week from the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. As Bob Kravitz pointed out in the Sunday print edition of The Indianapolis Star , everyone who ran had a story. Yes, there were those who have a passion for running and the body mass index to make them ideal marathon participants. But according to those who shared their stories on the mini-marathon website, most participants “used the Mini-Marathon as a milepost on their weight-loss journey.”
Based on their stories you may be thinking, “Hmm, maybe I’ll try the mini next year.” Guess what? There’s no need to wait. Join us this week for the 4,000 Step a Day Mini-Marathon Challenge. Just pin on a pedometer and aim to walk 4,000 steps each day. By Sunday, you will have reached at least 26,000 steps, which is equal to a mini-marathon.
Now, onto this week’s stories . . . We’ll start with one of our favorite Mini stories about an unlikely group of students who ran in this year’s race. Enjoy!
In the Mini, students raise their sense of what is possible
A story about what kids can do with a little help from a caring adult.
Flashy fruits entice kids to chow down
It’s all in the presentation according to this Dutch health study. Make it look pretty, and your kids will eat it according to these findings.
Take a Look at Our Action Plan to Solve the Problem of Childhood Obesity
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