The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 24, 2014

Kudos: Thank you for making Be Fit Kids Buzz Run a success

ENID, Okla. — Smart Start Northwest Oklahoma (a program of CDSA) would like to thank everyone who made the Be Fit Kids Buzz Run a success. We had 290 children show their bravery and determination on Saturday, May 17.

For some of the littlest ones, this was their first time racing down a track and being cheered to the finish line. The older children were “pros” and took their running very seriously; the youngest children just enjoyed the wonderful sensation of running on a beautiful spring morning.

Many volunteers helped make this project a success: Christy Northcutt for her leadership; the EPS high school cheer and pom squad; Integris Bass Baptist Medical Center; Sonrise Fellowship; Downtown Enid AMBUCS; Skinner Audio Services, Eagle Marketing and Frank Baker; and CDSA staff, family and friends.

Research shows that children who spend more time outdoors are more likely to be physically active when compared to those who spend more time indoors.

In fact, researchers calculated that for every hour spent outside playing with friends, children end up performing an additional 17 minutes of physical activity. Yet for every hour children spend playing indoors with friends, their physical activity levels only increase by an extra six minutes.

The Be Fit Kids Buzz Run is a great way to encourage children and families to get outdoors. Thank you!

Renee Hoover, coordinator,

Smart Start Northwest Oklahoma

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