Launched in 2004, New York Road Runnersí Mighty Milers†program seeks to introduce the essential habits of an active, healthy lifestyle by motivating young children to engage in regular exercise and play. The program is designed for children of all fitness levels and is offered free of charge to low-income schools across the nation. There are over 350 participating schools and community centers in all 50 states and more than 70,000 runners from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade.
We had a great time today running laps, jumping rope and tackling the obstacle course. The Mighty Milers of PS 128 are energized about exercise and they prove that schools and communities from anywhere in the country can find ways to get moving regardless of age or fitness level.
As a runner myself, I can attest to the power of fitness in staying healthy both physically and mentally, so it was a privilege to run with these ambitious students. Weíre working across the Administration to find ways to empower schools, parents and kids to incorporate healthy choices into their own lives. These habits will better prepare our children for the future Ė and create savings for the country down the road as we reduce the rates of obesity-related health problems.
Peter Orzag is the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. You can also find this blog post on the OMBlog.
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