Press release from Business Wire
UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Florida Energizes Youth About Healthy Living Through “IRONMAN” Races
Saturday, May 18, 2013
UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Florida Energizes Youth About Healthy Living Through “IRONMAN” Races16:37 EDT Saturday, May 18, 2013
HAINES CITY, Fla. (Business Wire) -- The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Florida event raced around Lake Eva Park today. Thomas Moore from UnitedHealthcare of Florida, and Patrick McGee, IRONKIDS Race Director kicked-off the triathlon's pool swim, bike course and run aimed to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through exercise and healthy lifestyles.
Students from Lake Orienta and Bentley Elementary Schools are pictured with Moore, Griffin, Patrick McGee, IRONKIDS Race Director, and Colleen Gonzalez, Lake Orienta Elementary School at the UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Florida triathlon. (Photo: Business Wire)
UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring 10 IRONKIDS events – nine running races and a triathlon – in seven states. Today's triathlon in Haines City included hundreds of young athletes, ages 6 to 15. The company provided complimentary tickets to the race and weekend-long IRONMAN activities to local students from Seminole County Schools, enabling children who often face barriers to good health, to compete in the event.
Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America's Health Rankings®, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. Florida ranks 18th in the country in childhood obesity, and more than 11% of Florida youth are estimated to be obese.
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Molly McMillen, 612-353-7778