Stepping Out Against Childhood Obesity: Spring Scramble Benefits Children’s Center for Weight Management

• Contact: Rachel Olis, (205) 638-2977 or rachel.olis@childrensal.org

BIRMINGHAM –  According to recent statistics, as much as 32 percent of Alabama’s youth are considered obese. On Saturday, May 24, money raised at the eighth-annual Spring Scramble 5K and 1 mile Fun Run will benefit the Children’s Center for Weight Management (CCWM) and the LESTER Program. Sponsored by the UAB pediatric residents, the race is also being held to educate and inspire healthy lifestyle choices for all of our communities’ youngsters.

The event is open to the public and registration is $20 for all UAB or Children’s employees. General public prices are $25 per individual. All students under 12 years old race for free if they recruit an adult to run. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Preregistration is required and can be made at by visiting http://www.springscramble.org.

The race begins at 8 a.m. and the starting line is located at the Trak Shak in downtown Homewood (2839 18th St S.).

Individual awards will be given for the 5k format only. Awards will be given for the 1st and 2nd place male and female in each age group. Awards will also be given to the overall male and female top finishers (1st, 2nd and 3rd place). Runners must be present to collect their prizes.

About CCWM:
Children’s Center for Weight Management is a comprehensive center designed to address the needs of one of Alabama’s most common health issues for children and adolescents, childhood obesity. Although many children and adolescents who are overweight are not physically ill, being overweight puts them at risk for more serious long term health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as psychosocial difficulties (e.g. peer teasing, depression).

About the LESTER Program:
The LESTER® Program is for children ages 6 – 11 years old. The program was developed by registered dietitians, child life therapists and occupational therapists at Children’s of Alabama. LESTER® teaches children and their parents about normal nutrition and emphasizes low fat eating. LESTER® also emphasizes family involvement with effective ways for parents to talk to their children, build self-esteem and encourage their child to make better choices. Ideas for fun activities are discussed along with ways to include these activities in busy family schedules. The goal is to provide ideas to the child and family to promote life-long behaviors resulting in healthy eating.

About Children’s of Alabama:
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 659,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at http://www.childrensal.org.

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