Students in four Kids' Country programs have begun training as a part of the GO FAR program to help fight childhood obesity.
The 10-week program, called Go Out For A Run (Go FAR), combines endurance training and nutrition studies that will culminate at the City of San Ramon's annual Bah Humbug 5K Run and Walk in December. Kids' Country groups at Greenbrook, Sycamore Valley, Walt Disney and Bollinger Canyon elementary schools are participating.
It's the first year that GO FAR has come to Kids' Country and program coordinator Laura Stankovich said she was glad to give a chance to kids who might not respond well to other sports, like soccer or basketball.
On a recent afternoon, about a dozen kids alternated running and walking in the first session of training. At the end, they wrote about their workout in a journal, grading themselves on performance and setting goals.
Another element of the program is to develop strong character traits, self confidence and practice goal setting.
While there's no additional cost for the program, the nonprofit group is accepting donations and race sponsors. To help out, contact Alec Tappin at firstname.lastname@example.org.