The 95210 Kids on the Go! Program was implemented by the NCH Safe & Health Children's Coalition in 2012 with the Collier County Public Schools as an effort to increase physical activity and decrease the incidence of obesity among kids. What began in Spring 2012 at two Title I elementary schools in Collier County, has now expanded to over 30 elementary schools.
Participants in the 95210 Kids on the Go! program run a total of 26.2 miles, the equivalent of a full marathon over the course of the school year. Health champions at each school monitor children as they make progress toward the target distance. Children run on school grounds either before or after formal school hours. Health champions log the children's progress and those kids who achieve the 26.2 mile goal can participate in a final celebratory mile run at the local feeder high school.
At the final mile celebration, parents. teachers and local officials cheer children on to complete the final mile. Each child receives a t-shirt and, upon successful completion of their run. they also receive a medal as well as fresh fruit and water. 21,135 children have participated, and 45 final mile runs have been hosted since the program's inception.
During the course of the program, students build endurance, increase self-confidence, and embrace the healthy lifestyle principles of the 95210 Let's Go! Campaign and staff at participating schools report the program also has a positive impact on behavior and attention.
The 95210 Kids on the Go! Program is possible due to support from donors and local businesses. If you would like to support, contact us for more information.
Bernardo Barhart Jr. discovered his love of running after participating in 95210 Kids on the Go! Program at his elementary school in 4th grade. He has gone on to compete in the Junior Olympics Championship for running, among other accomplishments. He will be attending Florida State university in the fall of 2023 on a full-ride athletic scholarship for running. He continues to diligently follow the principles of 95210 to achieve continued success as a runner.
"At my elementary school, they have a 95210 program and that's when I started running," he said. "I realized I could go pretty fast and loved doing it."
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