New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race Gets 1 Million+ Kids Moving

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New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race Gets 1 Million+ Kids Moving

February 25, 2016

Students across America log more than 21 million miles so far this school year

(February 25, 2016) BOSTON, MA – For decades, students have worked for gold stars. Now, more than a million kids across the country are racing (literally!) to collect dots, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, and other markers to track their miles as part of a national movement to add more physical activity back into the school day.

ChildObesity180 at Tufts University is challenging schools across the country to walk and run one billion miles – yes, that’s billion with a B. Since the Race officially kicked off in September, more than one million students in all 50 states have joined the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race, logging more than 21.8 million miles in just six months. That’s as many miles as circling the Earth nearly 900 times.

Getting kids moving more is an important tool to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race was created by ChildObesity180 to capitalize on in-school time, making it easier and more fun for students to log miles together through in-school walking and running programs. The Race is the first of its kind, motivating America’s students to join a national movement where physical activity is integral rather than an “extra.”

“Physical activity has great health benefits, and it’s also associated with improved academic achievement, better school attendance, and fewer disciplinary problems,” said Christina Economos, PhD, vice chair and director of ChildObesity180. “The causes of the obesity epidemic are complex, and the solution will involve all of the environments that kids move through. Adding more activity into the school day is a tremendous step forward. The healthy habits kids are forming through the Race during the school day are going home with them to their families and into their communities, where they’ll make an even broader impact.”

Every school in the country can sign up for the Race at no charge. If your school is ready to join the movement, sign up at the Billion Mile Race website (www.billionmilerace.org). The website provides all you need to start a walking and running program including setting goals, logging miles, tracking progress, and participating in this national movement.

Established in 1981, the New Balance Foundation has served a deeply held mission: to support charitable organizations whose humanitarian efforts work for the betterment of our children and communities. The heart of the Foundation’s focus is the prevention of childhood obesity.

About ChildObesity180:  Aiming for a “180” on Childhood Obesity
Based at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, our premise is unique:  Top national leaders from the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors committed to developing, measuring, and implementing evidence-based solutions to reverse the alarming epidemic of childhood obesity in America. For more information, visit www.ChildObesity180.org.

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