A message from Jairo (Joey) Orellana:
Dear Family and Friends, Fraternity Brothers, Fellow Greeks, Sandz, LBS,
Did you know that the number of overweight or obese children in the United States has tripled since 1980, or that overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults?
Did you know that children born in the United States in 2000 have a 30-40% risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives, and that, while national guidelines recommend 150 minutes of physical activity each week for elementary school students and 225 minutes for older children, only Illinois has a statewide requirement for daily physical education?
I recently became aware of these and other discouraging statistics and I have decided to do something about it: I’m running the 2012 ING NYC Marathon as a member of Team for Kids.
Team for Kids is dedicated to raising funds to support New York Road Runners Youth Programs, which combat childhood obesity and empower youth development via running and character-building programs in low-income schools and community centers.
These programs currently serve nearly 100,000 children throughout New York City, around the country, and in Africa, all of whom participate in programs which provide unique opportunities for physical activity and academic and personal enrichment.
In the past ten years, Team for Kids members have raised more than $20 million to support NYRR’s Youth Programs. All contributions go directly toward helping children lead healthier, more productive lives, and I hope you will share my commitment to this very important cause.
Would you join me in the fight against childhood obesity? Your donation of $50 can provide life-changing programming to one child for one year. For $100, two children will reap the benefits of these programs. As you can see, the more you give, the more lives you touch!!
Giving is as easy as clicking on a link and hitting the ‘Donate’ button: http://www.runwithtfk.org/Profile/PublicPage/10171
Please note that all gifts are tax deductible and your impact can be doubled if your company has a Matching Gifts program.
Thank you in advance for lending your support to these urgently-needed programs.
See you at the finish line!
Jairo (JOEY) Orellana
ING New York City Marathon, New York, NY