National LiveSTRONG Day is October 2, 2011. Over 106,000 people in the Greater Philadelphia Area alone are struggling with cancer today. (greatguys.org) Three local runs/walks are happening in the Delaware/Chester County this weekend: Hope Ride and Challenge Run, West Chester STOMPS and Malvern C.A.R.E.S.
LiveStrong organziation, founded by Lance Armstrong with the purpose of uniting, inspiring and empowing people affected by cancer. (livestrong.org) Livestrong.com offers nutritional and fitness advice to live a healthier life.
Why is living a healthy lifestyle important?
Today, 1 out of 3 children and teens in the U.S. are overweight and a huge number of families around the world are affected by childhood obesity. Those extra pounds put kids at risk of developing serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. Childhood obesity also takes an emotional toll. Overweight and obese children are often teased and excluded from team activities, leading to low self-esteem, negative body image, and even depression. (helpguide.org)
The most effective way to influence your child is by your own healthy example. Gathering together for these events brings the whole family together to support healthy eating habits and the benefits of being active. If your children see you eating your vegetables, being active, and limiting your TV time, there’s a good chance that they will do the same. These habits will also have the happy side effect of helping you maintain a healthy weight.
- While you eat: Tell your child about the healthy food you are eating, while you are eating it.
- While you cook: Cook healthy meals in front of your children. Have your child help and discuss what you are cooking and why it is good for you.
- Why you are moving: Exercise in some way, every day. Tell your children what you’re doing, and invite them to join you.
- How you use your free time: Avoid overuse of the television and computer time. Children are much less likely to turn on the television or computer if they see you doing something active and fun.
- Hope Ride and Challenge Run October 2nd
Held at the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride in Glen Mills, Pa., the ride/run/walk goes through the woods and over lakes. There is a family fun festival afterwards with games, food, and music! This event is benefiting The Lance Armstrong Foundation as well as The Great Guys Group.
The Great Guys Group is a local non profit that helps cancer patients who have financial difficulties. Their Mission Statement, “Alleviating the burdens of cancer by providing a light of hope to families through emotional and financial support.” www.greatguys.org. All funds raised from the Hope Ride and Challenge Run will go The Lance Armstrong Foundation and The Great Guys Group.
Rain or shine run/walk through the corn maze, around the haunted hayride trail, then off through the rest of the farm. The entire course is about a 5k in length. Runners will go off in waves of 25, chip timing will be used. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall men and top 3 overall women. Costumes are optional, but best costumes will be graciously awarded! Children are welcome to join in the run. Their start time is 10:30 a.m. (www.active.com)
Don’t want to run or walk? Your family can go and just have fun at the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayrid, for just a $5 donation per child or $20 per family.
- 2nd Annual West Chester STOMPS Cancer 5K & Fun Run September 30th.
The event begins and ends at Barnaby’s in West Chester, Pa. and is hosted by Great Guys Group! Each runner is encouraged to raise pledges to help support the 106,0000 people struggling with cancer and help Great Guys Group raise money local cancer patients by directly paying for their bills during their cancer battle.
Registration for the race begins at 5pm at Barnaby’s in West Chester, Pa., with the 5K starting at 6:30pm and the walk at 6:35pm. To view the run/walk’s route, click here. Prizes will be awarded for individuals who raise the most money.
- Malvern C.A.R.E.S. Walk October 2nd.
Malvern Prep will be hosting their 11th annual 5-Mile walk. The walk is called MALVERN C.A.R.E.S., which stands for Cancer & Aids Reach Everyone Somehow.(malvernprep.org)
The MALVERN C.A.R.E.S. Walk will benefit four organizations: (malvernprep.org)
- Cancer Support Community, previously known as The Wellness Community, which helps people with cancer and their loved ones with free professional programs providing emotional support, education and hope;
- The Great Guys Group, an organization founded to improve the lives that have been burdened by the cancer experience;
- Evanfest, a foundation in memory of Malvern Prep student, Evan Brady, to raise money for families dealing with a child that has a life-threatening illness; and
- Best Nest which deals with children infected or affected with AIDS.
- Use the attached Sponsor Sheet to participate in this walk.
Lead by example. We all have been touched by cancer in some way. Get out and support a necessary cause, be with your family and friends and get exercise!