(PRWEB) October 11, 2013
The J. Smith Young YMCA is happy to contribute to the education and training of 20 young girls at the nearby Southwest Elementary School in Lexington, North Carolina. The girls, third through fifth graders, will participate in a 12-week program focused on building self-esteem and promoting physical fitness based on the nationwide Girls on the Run program. The J. Smith Young YMCA will provide training and materials and Children’s Obesity Fund, and its cofounders Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi will provide additional support.
“Girls on the Run is aligned with the mission of the YMCA: training young people to care for themselves and believe in their future success,” says Jen Fuller-Allen, Program Director of the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington, NC. “This type of coaching is critical for all young girls but particularly for those growing up in low-income areas, where it is common to struggle with low self-esteem and good nutrition and wellness routines. We are grateful for the opportunity to help transform the lives of these young women and prepare them for thriving, healthy, and happy lives.”
The innovative programming of Girls on the Run is comprised of lessons to inspire the girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts, and activate their power. With a detailed curriculum of games, activities, discussions, and running, girls experience the joy of simply being themselves. The 12-week program concludes with a celebration of the girls’ success with participation in a non-competitive 5k (3.1 mile) walk/run.
During the course of the program, the girls at Southwest Elementary School will receive health and fitness coaching from Stacie Thompson, one of the school’s counselors. Daily meetings will be held before school over breakfast and the girls will run training laps together during recess. The Southwest Elementary team will run together in the Run Run Rudolph 5K race scheduled for December 8, 2013 in Lexington to celebrate the program’s completion.
Southwest Elementary is a Title One School who serves a very diverse socioeconomic community. The dual sponsorship of the J. Smith Young YMCA and Children’s Obesity Fund will financerace entry fees and other program expenses.
Southwest Elementary School (https://sites.google.com/a/lexcs.org/southwest-elementary-school/home) serves 342 students in the first through fifth grades. The school’s 55 teachers and staff are focused on addressing individual talents and needs of each child in order to develop effective problem-solving and communication skills that will enable them to contribute academically, socially, and environmentally within the global community.
Girls on the Run International (http://www.girlsontherun.org) is a 501(c)3 organization that currently serves more than 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North American every year. Recently, the organization has been featured in many media stories within People, Runner’s World, Glamour, Self, and O Magazine and on news programs such as NBC News, CNN, ABC News, NPR and ESPN. Molly Barker, MSW and four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, founded Girls on the Run in 1996.
Cofounded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, the Children’s Obesity Fund (http://www.childrensobesityfund.org) hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit organization is to help people fully understand the obesity issue and its dire impacts on individuals and society as a whole -- and to use that knowledge to encourage children to grow up strong and healthy. Children’s Obesity Fund partners with other organizations to educate and support parents, educators and others so that we can all work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. While the organization does not accept donations, it does encourage direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on our website. Children’s Obesity Fund is on Facebook as well as Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.
The J. Smith Young YMCA (http://www.lexingtonymca.com) is dedicated to eliminating racism, promoting peace justice, freedom and dignity. Throughout its 90 year history, J. Smith Young YMCA has provided programs and services to enrich and enhance the lives of men, women, children and families in the local community. Youth services offered at J. Smith Young YMCA include after school care, and summer camps. Nationally, the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) serves more than two million men, women, children, and their families at more than 1,300 sites throughout the U.S.