14 May 2019

MBSH Kids On Track Keeps Children Active through Summer Months

by Natalie Counts, Community Health Educator

MBSH Kids On Track Keeps Children Active through Summer Months

Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital is not only focused on providing excellent care for our patients, but also strives to bring preventative health awareness to the communities we serve through our Community Health Education programs. As one of the most vulnerable populations, children’s health outcomes as an adult can be greatly influenced by maintaining a healthy body weight while young. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 5 school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity, and a child with obesity is more likely to have obesity as an adult which leads to a higher risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and many types of cancer. To help maintain a healthy weight, it is recommended young people eat more fruits and vegetables, get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily, and eat fewer foods and beverages that are high in added sugars or solid fats. 

While physical education and sports are often a part of kids’ school routine, many children find it more difficult to maintain their physical activity level during the summer months as technology based temptations such as video games, television, and smart phones compete for their attention.  This increased use in technology can make it challenging for kids to get the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. To better keep your kids living an active and healthy life during the summer break, you may need a game plan, and one option is participation in the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Kids on Track program.

The Kids on Track program is a 26.2 mile, intermittent marathon for kids, ages 18 and younger, completed over the summer months, with the goal of creating a fun and exciting experience so that children want to stay physically active and healthy.  As children reach mile goals throughout the summer, they receive prizes from area businesses and there are three opportunities for the kids to come together and complete some of their miles.  The 2019 Kids on Track program will kick off on Monday, May 20th at the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital walking track at 5:30pm.  This year, and added feature is the halfway celebration pool party which will be held on Thursday, June 13th at the Sullivan City Pool.  The program will wrap up with all participants completing the final mile together on Saturday, August 24th at Sullivan High School Fan Appreciation Day.  Along with the mile prizes, all participants receive a Kids on Track t-shirt at registration and a trophy at the final event.

To register your child for the Kids on Track program, please visit, www.missouribaptistsullivan.org/Kids or contact MBSH Community Health Education at 573-468-5619. 

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