In my experience, children learn best by example. They watch what we do as parents much more than they listen to what we tell them to do. With childhood obesity in the news everywhere this week, the challenge and responsibility we have as parents occurred to me, and how we can help our own children stay focused on health and fitness by serving as a role model. While not always easy as we often get sidetracked by the daily stresses of our busy lives, the benefits of eating right and exercising will help us cope, physically and mentally, while we can take pride in the way we lead our children by example.
On September 8, the Sax Macy Fromm (SMF) Foundation has planned a great event to do just that and more, with our kids. The 4 Miler at Garret Mountain is a run/walk event for adults and children to support one of the busiest hospitals treating youngsters in the region – the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by the SMF Foundation, the fundraiser will benefit the hospital’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department, which provides services for children who suffer from cancer and serious blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia.
The Saturday morning event will feature a 1.5-mile trail walk and kids’ dashes, set amid the backdrop of one of the region’s landmark parks and most magnificent vistas – The Garret Mountain Reservation – as well as a 4-mile run on a scenic USA Track and Field Certified race course. Prizes will be awarded for all levels of participants, and the festive atmosphere will include a DJ, kids’ activities, healthy food and beverages. Tech t-shirts will be given to participants while supplies last.
The SMF Foundation is absorbing all expenses associated with the event in order to donate 100 percent of the proceeds directly to St. Joseph’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department, and sponsorships are available as well. To register for the event, or become a sponsor, visit www.smf-cpa.com/events.aspx or www.facebook.com/SaxMacyFromm .
Or call (973) 472-6250 for more information. Make a difference for yourself, your family and for children in the region.