FBISD students in Childhood Obesity Program train hard for IronKids competition

Ater a year of participating in childhood obesity program, determined elementary- and middle-schoolers train hard for the chance to be an IronKid

Final training session for the September 22 IronKids Galveston Fun Run – one event in the IronKids National Race Series, a top national sporting event for kids.

Fort Bend I.S.D. students – participants in Activate for Kids, a school-based family wellness program sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.

Thursday, September 20, 6 p.m., Garcia Middle School Track, 18550 Old Richmond Road, Sugar Land.

Not your typical IronKids participants, these young students have spent the past year learning healthy eating and participating in numerous activities designed to help them get in shape.  Overweight or obese when they started the program, they and their families have changed their lifestyles for the better.

This past summer, eight of the Activate for Kids IronKids Training Team spent their Friday mornings at the Kempner High School track training for the race with Stephanie Kellam, the Activate for Kids School District Wellness Coordinator.  After the school year started, training moved to Garcia Middle School and now takes place in the afternoon.  Their training includes warm-ups, relays, track races and cone drills.

FBISD is one of six school districts nationwide participating in the UnitedHealthcare launch of Activate for Kids, a school and community collaborative program to get and keep kids healthy. The IronKids Training Team is just one of numerous activities in the school wellness program that shows kids how much fun eating healthy and staying active can be.

The mission of IronKids is to inspire and motivate youth through the sport to lead an active, positive, and healthy lifestyle. The 2012 IronKids National Series and the Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series presented by Dole, targeting youth between the ages of 6-15, will provide an interactive weekend experience for the entire family that will not only showcase the nation’s top youth triathlon talent, but also will allow first-time triathletes to experience a positive introduction to the realm of multisport. Children will compete in age-appropriate distances with an emphasis on fitness, fun and safety.

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