KiDSMARATHON Connecticut Selected As Finalist In Innovation Challenge

KiDSMARATHON Connecticut Selected As Finalist In Innovation Challenge

KiDSMARATHON Connecticut, a highly acclaimed school-based fitness and nutrition program, has been chosen as one of 10 finalists for the Partnership for Healthier America’s Innovation Challenge to End Childhood Obesity.

An online vote on Facebook is currently taking place in which the three programs that collect the most votes will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to present their ideas at a conference and to an expert judge panel. The overall winner will receive $10,000 in funding as well as consulting services from some of the most respected public relations and management consulting firms. Those interested in supporting the program can vote for KiDSMARATHON Connecticut on Facebook at The voting will close on February 1.

KiDSMARATHON Connecticut is a fitness program designed for elementary school students. The program, with a focus on fitness and nutrition, was developed by New York City Marathon winner Rod Dixon by Connecticut Association of Schools. KiDSMARATHON uses a holistic approach to a happy and healthy lifestyle for our children’s future under the mantra “finishing is winning…winning is finishing.” Interested schools can sign up through CAS for the program in which students use the KiDSMARATHON Training Guide to help participating children ages 7 to 12 to engage in weekly fitness training while accumulating a distance of 25 miles each. Each student trains at his or her own pace while enjoying the fitness experience with their fellow students and engaging their family members as well.

In the 2011-12 academic year, 35 elementary schools 1,624 students took part in the programs, and several track and cross country teams became involved as mentor programs for the elementary students.

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