Walk for Wellness
- William Gray, Hampton Prep High Sch
- Physical Activity Participation
At our school a co-worker and I started a Run Club to get kids active and taking a role in their personal health and wellbeing. I am the Head Girls and Boys Cross Country coach at our high school and feel that running is an excellent way to get in shape. The goal of Run Club was to participate in 2 local 5k runs in the fall and 2 in the spring. Due to other commitments that didn't happen this year, but is on the agenda for next year. However, we did participate in a local 5k Foam Glow Run. For many of the 14 scholars that participated it was their first 5k run in a public race. Needless to say they loved it. It wasn't a true 5k run, but instead a walk with thousands of other people. A few scholars and I did run, but the vast majority walked. Either way, they were active, tried something new, and got a little closer to improving their health. Now that they have seen how much fun they are we are already in the planning stages for our next event. The great thing is that the scholars that didn't participate heard how fun it was and are wanting to go in the future.