National Athletes to Lead Event on March 7 at Franklin Field

New data from Public Health Management Corporation shows that one in five Philadelphia children suffer from obesity and 28.4% are overweight. While childhood obesity continues to be a health concern, the economic effect may be timelier: Recent studies estimate that $117 billion is spent on treating obesity-related health problems in American children each year.

Students Run Philly Style encourages families to get their children off the couch and into a healthy lifestyle. "Students Run not only provides our children with the opportunity to compete in a marathon, we give children a chance at a healthier life," says program director Heather McDanel. "Imagine the healthcare savings if every child had the opportunity to run with us."

Join in a solution to childhood obesity in Philadelphia:

What: Students Run Philly Style begins its fifth running season with its 2009 Kick-Off event including 700 of student runners, Philadelphia native and former NFL player, Carlos Bradley, and elite runner Abby Dean.

Who: The only program offering marathon training in the region, Students Run Philly Style helps young people succeed in life. Based on a similar initiative in Los Angeles, Students Run Philly Style connects students with adult mentors who help them imagine and accomplish goals, including the completion of a marathon.

When: Saturday, March 7, 2009, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field, South 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

The 2009 Kick-Off Event also features fitness evaluations, running drills and various fun physical activities. For more information on Students Run Philly Style, please view attachment or contact Heather McDanel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 215-990-5281.

For more information about the event, please contact Jamie Arehart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-350-7699.