Newton Athlete Jeremy Freed recently began a series of presentations about the value of exercise and good nutrition to hundreds of kids at Parmalee Elementary in Indian Hills, Colorado, Marshdale Elementary in Evergreen, Colorado, and West Jefferson Middle School in Evergreen, Colorado.
"A parent involved with organizing the a kid's race called the Evergreen Rodeo Stampede Fun Run asked me to speak to the local students about the importance of running and exercise, sharing my experiences in sports and the importance of proper nutrition for long-term health," says Freed.
Freed also got the kids fired up about an upcoming race called the Kid's Rodeo Stampede Fun Run, sponsored by Newton Running, on May 28, as a chance to get a taste of the thrill and sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a race. The competition includes a 1-mile, 2-mile and a 50-yard dash. "Spreading the message of youth health literacy is extremely important and, as an athlete, I feel that I can be a good example and provide a meaningful message," says Freed.
"The kids really responded well to the 45-minute presentation," says Freed. "I spoke for a bit and then got them off the floor and running in place, doing plyometrics and stretching. The kids then got to ask questions about the presentation before they returned to class.