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HEALTH & WELLNESS
Families enjoy the Rainbows and
Raindrops Adapted Fun Run in May.
The Fun Run Formula
A unique opportunity to engage families in fun-based fitness
By Alyssa Schulte
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he kids who run along park paths don't know they are laying the
framework for an active lifestyle. They aren't thinking about the
future impact of a healthy lifestyle on their overall well-being
- they just know they're having fun. Whether they are running
through a spray of colorful powder at the Pollinator and Flowers Colorful
Fun Run, trotting through the finish line of bubbles at the Bubble-palooza
Fun Run, or walking around a patch to pick a favorite pumpkin at the
Pumpkin Patch Dash, children and their families are building the foundation
for an active lifestyle.
Centerville-Washington
(Ohio) Park District's Fun Run
series arose because we recognized
that our community's youth
needed fitness opportunities to get
them outdoors and moving with
their families in an engaging and
interactive way. This new focus on
family-based fitness provided us
the opportunity to involve parents
and guardians, encouraging them
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to model physically active lifestyles
alongside their children. Research
shows that when children engage
with parents or other important
adults who model a healthy, active
lifestyle, the likelihood that children
also will participate in physical
activity increases.
The Fun Run Formula
In planning our Fun Run series, we
used a basic formula to ensure a
similar program experience across
events. The formula allows for flexibility
to change themes, environmental
education topics or fitness
intensity.
The Fun Run Formula is: Fitness
Goal + Families + Fun Things to
Do Along the Way = Fun Run.
Our Fun Runs average one mile
in length. As a park district, we incorporate
environmental and nature
education into our events as
often as possible, and the Fun Run
series presents an excellent opportunity
to merge fitness and nature education.
Participants visit stations
along the route to learn more about
the Fun Run's environmental topic
or they may participate in an activity.
Since Fun Runs are structured
PHOTO COURTESY OF CARRIE DITTMAN, CENTERVILLE-WASHINGTON PARK DISTRICT

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