Students on the GO! is one of the organization’s multiple programs aimed at fighting youth obesity
ST. LOUIS – GO! St. Louis, a local non-profit organization that presents fitness events and programs in the St. Louis region announced today that more than 200 high school students from 10 local schools will be part of the fitness and character-building Students on the GO! program. The program, now in its fourth year, attracts new students and schools each year. Students on the GO! is one of the organization’s multiple programs aimed at fighting youth obesity.
Students on the GO! encourages high school students to run or walk the annual GO! St. Louis Half Marathon, which is set for Sunday, April 7. Participating students, along with educators have been attending training sessions since January in preparation for reaching their 13.1 mile goal. In addition to a training program led by GO! St. Louis staff each weekend, students have been mentored on the benefits of goal-setting and eating a nutritious diet. Also, participants earn incentives for attendance such as running shoes, a running jacket, and a technical running shirt.
“I’m amazed at the level of commitment these students have shown towards setting a goal and training to reach it,” said Nancy Lieberman, GO! St. Louis president. “It’s refreshing to see both the student and educator training side-by-side, and the new bonds that are formed will have a lasting impact” she continued.
The 2013 Students on the GO! program presented by Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and supported by The Staenberg Family Foundation and Emerson, features 10 area high schools - Roosevelt High School, Gateway STEM, Ritenour High School, Cleveland NJROTC, Metro High School, Pattonville High School, University City High School, Block Yeshiva, Shearwater High School, and Jennings High School.
For additional information on Students on the GO!, visit http://www.gostlouis.org/community-programs.html