GO FAR on Mother's Day Weekend
Image courtesy of GO FAR Club, High Point
Robin Lindsay, a physician assistant, wanted to be part of the solution. She wanted to find a way to address the growing problem of obesity, and the health issues that come with it, among her young patients. That's why she began the Go Out For a Run (GO FAR) program in 2003 right here in the Triad.
On the GO FAR website, Lindsay says, “I felt compelled to try and help, even if it was in just a small way.”
Her small endeavor began with 16 children in High Point. Today, the program has grown to reach more than 10,000 children annually in programs throughout not only North Carolina, but also South Carolina, Florida, Texas, West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Ohio, Wisconsin and California. Why did it spread faster than the diseases it was developed to combat? GO FAR encourages family participation. It also encourages healthy eating and lifestyle changes. Much like our Fit Family Challenge, GO FAR inspires entire communities to create healthier habits and have fun doing it. GO FAR, like Fit Family Challenge, is for everyone, not just the best athletes who are able to make the team. If you have a pair of running shoes, you can participate.
Each year, thousands of kids and their families — and even some of their teachers at the schools that participate — spend time running after school to build up to a 5K at the end of the school year. Piedmont Parent will once again be at this year's GO FAR 5K & Fun Run on May 7, because even though the school year is drawing to a close, fitness should continue to be a family priority. Families can register for our Fit Family Challenge at the GO FAR event by visiting the Piedmont Parent booth.
What a great way to celebrate Mother's Day weekend — Go Out For A Run, and then keep the momentum going by registering for the Fit Family Challenge!