HKRS Blog

Community Coordinator Spotlight: Victoria Emmitt

Victoria Emmitt – HKRS Fort Collins, CO How many seasons have you been a Community Coordinator? 2 seasons (Spring 2024, Fall 2023) Tell us about yourself! What inspired you to join HKRS? I love spending time with my family and friends. We enjoy being active and making memories together. I signed my daughter up for […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Eat The Rainbow

Eating the rainbow means incorporating lots of different colored fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet. Download this tracker and see how many colors you can eat!   Why Should We Eat the Rainbow?   1. Super Nutrients: Each color in fruits and vegetables is like a superhero cape made of nutrients. These nutrients are […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Runner Spotlight: Madison Christmann, Reading, PA

Runner Spotlight: Madison Christmann, Reading, PA Madison Christmann is in Kindergarten and runs the 1/4 mile race in Reading, PA. She had an amazing journey this season, showing dedication, perseverance, and commitment!. Read her story, as told by her mother, Stephanie. Spoiler alert: “… she confirmed what we all knew: if you show up, never […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Fruit Ice Pops From Giant

These bright pops are packed with fruit like plum, nectarine, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Ingredients: 1 kiwi 1 plum 1 nectarine (or peach) ¼ cup raspberries ¼ cup blueberries ¼ cup blackberries 1 ¼ cups apple juice Steps: 1. Peel and cut the kiwis into thin slices. Halve the plum and nectarine, remove the stone, […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Community Coordinator Spotlight: Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson – HKRS Manchester, NH How many seasons have you been a Community Coordinator? I’m a brand-new Healthy Kids Running Series Coordinator for Manchester, NH. This Spring Series is my first series. I joined in late February and launched our first race series in mid-April.  Tell us about yourself! What inspired you to join […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Donor Spotlight – American Water

Healthy Kids Running Series is proud to be awarded a $3,000 grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation. This grant will go to support our mission to engage communities and families and encourage kids to live an active healthy lifestyle through running! The American Water Charitable Foundation is committed to making a difference in the […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Runner Spotlight: Calvin, Caledonia, MI

Calvin was a member of the HKRS family in Caledonia, MI, and passed away unexpectedly a few months ago. We honored him this season with a special theme week, “Colors for Calvin!” HKRS runners donned their brightest colors to honor the memory of their fellow runners.  Calvin’s mom shared that Sunday evenings were the highlight […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition, Uncategorized

Flower Grazing Board From Giant

Fuel up with a flower power snack board!  This interactive creation is a great way for kids to explore a variety of fruits and veggies while having fun in the kitchen.  Grab these supplies and get started! Mini pancakes Greek yogurt Strawberries Blueberries Mandarin oranges Radishes Cucumbers Cherry tomatoes   Check out the full instructions […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Unicorn Smoothies From Giant

Loaded with fruit, these cute and colorful layered smoothies are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Ingredients 1 oz chocolate, melted 1 cup fresh mango chunks 2 ripe bananas, peeled and divided ½ cup frozen raspberries ½ cup milk, divided ½ cup frozen blackberries 1 marshmallow 2 ice cream sugar cones ½ cup […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

RAINBOW Recipes From Giant

Get your little leprechauns excited for the season with a rainbow of fruits and veggies!  Selecting a variety of colorful foods can help our bodies get the variety of nutrients it needs. Check out this inspiration to make it happen! Red Promotes heart health, reduces sun-related skin damage, and lowers the risk of some cancers […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Runner Spotlight: Maxim Ustinov

Tewksbury, MA In 2017, at just one-month-old, Maxim Ustinov faced major heart surgery. He was born with a congenital heart defect known as a “ventricular septal defect” meaning there was a hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of his heart. Thankfully the surgery was a success, and at age 6 Max decided […] >> READ MORE
News

Welcoming New Members to the Board of Directors

  Healthy Kids Running Series is thrilled to announce the addition of three new members to the board of directors. These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our organization, and we are excited to have them on board. Please join us in welcoming the following new members: Joe Coyle, President, Michaels Student […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Runner Spotlight: Ryan Duffy

Mullica Hill / Mantua, NJ Ryan Duffy began running with Healthy Kids Running Series in Mullica Hill / Mantua, NJ in 2015 when he was only 6 years old. He loved getting out and running on the weekends with his sisters. Participating in Healthy Kids Running Series sparked a love of running that has grown […] >> READ MORE
Events

Turkey Trot

Give Thanks for HKRS!   Before sitting down for Thanksgiving Dinner, give back to HKRS by running a Turkey Trot! Proceeds from both of these events will go to support the HKRS mission – inspiring kids to believe in themselves and live an active healthy lifestyle!    Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Philadelphia area? Join us […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Community Coordinator Spotlight: Christi Sube

Christie Sube – HKRS Glenview, IL How many seasons have you been a HKRS Community Coordinator? This Fall is my 4th season as Community Coordinator.   What’s a great mission moment you’ve experienced as a Coordinator?  My favorite mission moment so far was our entire Spring 2023 series when we reached many new families and […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Fun Fall Recipes from Giant

Hoodies and crunchy leaves are starting to appear which can only mean one thing…fall is finally near!  It may surprise you, but fruits and veggies are big contributors to the warm and cozy feel as the weather begins to change. If you think about it, we couldn’t have PSL season if it wasn’t for pumpkins. […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Community Coordinator Spotlight: Kelly Jones

  This month, our HKRS Community Coordinator Spotlight features Kelly, Jones of Key West, Florida. In our first CC spotlight done by video, HKRS Executive Director, Dawn Epstein, sits down with Kelly Jones and discusses everything from her inspiration to her strategy for coordinating the Healthy Kids Running Series in Key West, FL. Watch now: […] >> READ MORE
News

Board of Directors Opening

Healthy Kids Running Series Board of Directors Opening   Healthy Kids Running Series, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, is currently accepting applications for open positions.    The purpose of the Board of Directors is to oversee the execution of the HKRS mission, manage organizational finances, […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Back-To-School Meal Plans from Giant

It’s back-to-school season! What’s the breakfast plan? What are you packing in the lunchbox?  What’s on the dinner table between extracurricular activities? Ah! It sounds more like back to busy season! Don’t fret, dietitians from GIANT/MARTINS are here with meal inspiration to get you and your family through busy days from morning to night!  Breakfast  […] >> READ MORE
News, Uncategorized

WE NEED COMMUNITY COORDINATORS!

HKRS Wants You To Coordinate A Race!    HKRS has races needing a Community Coordinator for Fall 2023, so our healthy kids don’t miss out on the #GetUpAndGo fun!  Without a new Coordinator, the kids in these towns cannot run with HKRS this fall. We don’t want that to happen, and we need your help! […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Community Coordinator Spotlight: Ashley Burkett

Ashley Burkett HKRS Concord Township, PA TELL US MORE ABOUT HOW YOU GOT YOUR START WITH HKRS (as a runner, to a volunteer, to a Community Coordinator): Back in 2013, I was a participant with HKRS Concord Township…and now 10 years later I am the Community Coordinator of this AMAZING organization! Though I had always […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Everything is Peachy with These Summer Recipes from GIANT

  It’s stone fruit season! Stone fruits, also known as drupes, are fruits that have a “stone” or pit in their center. Peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots are a few stone fruits that are at their juicy prime in July. These versatile produce stars can make for a refreshing addition to any meal and snack. […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Why are GIANT dietitians BANANAS for bananas on race day?

Why are GIANT dietitians BANANAS for bananas on race day? Well, we love them because bananas are…   An easy-to-digest carb that give a quick boost of energy A potassium powerhouse that can prevent muscle cramps A convenient on-the-go snack Great to use in recipes because of their natural sweetness   Whip up these Banana […] >> READ MORE
Events, News

HKRS x Stride Rite Contest

CONTEST CLOSED Healthy Kids Running Series is teaming up with Stride Rite to give away 50 pairs of shoes! Post your Get Up And Go race day photos by May 31st for a chance to win! Click Here For More Details   To be eligible to win you must: Post a public picture from race […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Strawberry Season Is Upon Us!

Strawberry season is upon us! These juicy gems are plentiful in Vitamin C which can support our immune system, wound healing, and skin health. Our bodies do not produce Vitamin C, so it’s essential that we pick it up from various foods in our diet.  Ready to incorporate more strawberries into your day?  Here are […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Community Coordinator Spotlight: Ray Trevino

Ray Trevino – HKRS Pflugerville, TX What’s a great mission moment you’ve experienced as a CC? There have been many great moments and they are because of the kids. The first race weekend really stands out because of the planning, coordination, and meetings, that it took to get to that point. The parents and kids […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Community Coordinator Spotlight: Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp, Community Coordinator of the Eden Prairie Minnesota program exemplifies all the qualities of a leader! She is a go-getter, kind, patient and supportive! She has been a Community Coordinator since Fall of 2021 and has grown Eden Prairie each season, touching the hearts of all of the families in her community.  Most recently, […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Tips From The GIANT Company Dietitians

Spring is in full swing! It’s time to dust off the winter vibes and freshen up our weekday meals with color, crunch, and flavor! One way to tackle this goal is to liven up your family’s salad bowl. Here are tips from The GIANT Company Dietitians to make it happen. Change up your base with […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

National Frozen Food Month

March is National Frozen Food Month!  Keeping frozen foods on hand can be an affordable and convenient way to incorporate nutrition and balance into both meals and snacks. Check out these ideas for quick ways to upgrade your dishes with frozen produce:  Thaw and mash frozen avocado for avocado toast  Sprinkle diced frozen mango into […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

It’s the holiday season…is baking cookies on your mind?  Don’t be shy, it’s on our minds too!  Our dietitians love a merry dessert as much as everyone else and we’re here to help you bake up some goodies with better-for-you swaps.  Check out these Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  These delicious bites can be an upgrade […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Breakfast to be thankful for

Thanksgiving breakfast made easy? You butter believe it! Thanksgiving traditions make us think of turkey, family and lots of shopping! But they also mean messy kitchens and hours spent cooking. All this can make breakfast around the holidays seem like a real chore. Treat yourself and the kids to an easy, nourishing meal that you […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Fuel the Family with Giant’s Go-To Recipe!

“With colder weather here, it’s time to warm up with hearty soups, stews, and casseroles. Did you know that legumes like beans, lentils, and green peas can be an affordable staple to add to your favorite soups and stew? They’re packed with protein, vitamins, complex carbs, and whole lot of fiber. One of the dietitians […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Tricks, treats and vampire teeth

October is here! The air is cooling down, pumpkins are getting carved and your house is quickly filling up with candy. Sneak in some fresh fruit and quality time with your little ones with these fangtastic apple bites. Easy to assemble and deliciously scary, this snack will celebrate Halloween while being kid and wallet friendly. […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Feeling peachy? Make a pie!

What do pie and kids have in common? They’re both messy! Solve all of that with a peach hand pie, the greatest invention since… whole pie. Kids and adults alike will love these folded treats that fit in the palm of your hand. Get grilling with this recipe for peach hand pies courtesy of our […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Eat Seasonally with Giant!

Fall is finally here, which means it’s time for seasonal produce like apples, butternut squash, pumpkin, and more! Eating seasonally is so important for our health and the environment since it’s picked right at that peak of ripeness locking in that good nutrition and flavor. At GIANT, we support our communities by offering a variety […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Easy Watermelon Pizza

Recipe: https://recipecenter.giantfoodstores.com/recipes/107583/watermelon-pizza If you love watermelon and are looking for a fun summertime dessert, try out this sweet treat with a crunch. Pile your favorite fruit and slice into watermelon into triangles for a satisfying warm weather snack. For a protein addition, add a dollop of Greek yogurt before the fruit. Get creative with more […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Muffins in Minutes

Sweet with just a bit of crunch, these banana nut muffins are a fan favorite. With a handful of ingredients and just a few steps, you’ll have a tasty snack in no time. These quick bites are filled with protein-packed Greek yogurt and nuts to help keep your muscles strong and your belly satisfied!   […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Go Fish!

Finger food is more fun, that’s a fact. Tonight, cook a seafood supper with low-priced ingredients from our partner Lidl—no eating utensils required! Fry up these mini tilapia cakes for a fresh take on fish sticks that little ones will love to help make.These crispy bites of fish will reel in kids and adults alike. Dive in and visit lidl.com for more great recipes. *fun fish fact: Lidl takes care […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

How to Plan a Memorable Thanksgiving with Picky Eaters

Thanksgiving is an exciting time of year where families get together to enjoy a delicious meal and spend time together. However, for families with children who are picky eaters this day can be extremely challenging.  Use our tips to maintain the gracious spirit of Thanksgiving and to avoid a holiday meltdown at the dinner table […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Thanksgiving leftovers done right – lidl

Thanksgiving leftovers done right Our friends at Lidl have the secret to hosting the best Thanksgiving ever—low prices! Stop by to fill your table without emptying your wallet. And good news, with a low-priced Thanksgiving comes low-priced leftovers. This recipe for turkey stuffed peppers transforms Thursday’s feast into the dinner that keeps on giving. Tender, […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Benefits to Buying In Season Fall Produce

Benefits to Buying In Season Fall Produce With the seasons changing and Autumn upon us, the air is getting crisper, and the days are getting shorter.  With this weather change comes a change in seasonal fresh produce.  Each season offers a variety of delicious fresh produce, but what are the benefits of buying in season […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition, Uncategorized

lidl presents – spooky meets satisfying

spooky meets satisfying Halloween calls for frightfully delightful afternoon snacks. Little monsters of all ages will love this fangtastic recipe. You can find the ingredients (and other Halloween must-haves) for scary low prices at Lidl, a proud partner of Healthy Kids Running Series.   Beware: this snack is so delicious, it may stay in the […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition, Uncategorized

Back to School Meal Planning

The end of summer and beginning of the school year is often a big change for many families.  After a summer of fun in the sun and relaxation, adjusting to regular sleep schedules and meal routines is a difficult transition.  Follow these 6 tips to help make back to school meal planning easier!   Eat […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

morning magic – presented by Lidl

morning magic Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and our partner Lidl has the most important deals of the day. Wake up to delicious oatmeal bars made with low-priced ingredients from Lidl. Customize to your liking (gluten free flour, almond butter, dairy-free milk alternative… you name it) and make ahead before your […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Going Nuts Looking for Nutritious Snacks?

Feeling nutty looking for a quick on the go snack for your children?  Try the easy, compact, and humble nut family! They are a small nutrient packed snack for children and adults alike.  Nuts contain nutrients like healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that provides energy, aids in growth and development, and supports […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Going Bananas this Summer?

It is midsummer and we are enjoying these slower paced hot days. Now is the best time to try out OnPoint Nutrition’s delicious summer treat, Banana Nice Cream.  Bananas are a highly nutritious, energy packed fruit that provides our bodies with many beneficial nutrients including Fiber, Potassium, Iron, Biotin, and Vitamins A, C, and B6. […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

first day fabulousness from Lidl

Deep breaths… School is just around the corner. No matter how many first days you prep for, it’s always an exciting and nerve-wracking time. But, this year, you’ve got filling backpacks and lunchboxes covered, courtesy of the low-priced groceries and school supplies from Lidl. Thanks to Lidl, a proud partner of the Healthy Kids Running […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Summer of Peaches

Peaches are a beautiful, fuzzy, stone fruit, that when at their peak are deliciously sweet and juicy.  Summer is the best time for peaches.  The peach season runs from early May to late September.  In addition to being a delicious summertime treat, peaches offer many health benefits! They are great for digestion, boost your immune […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

When there’s a grill, There’s a way.

when there’s a grill, there’s a way. Everything’s better in the summer. The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer, and, perhaps best of all, the chances to eat outside are plentiful. Set your Memorial Day weekend barbecue on fire (figuratively!) with grilling must-haves from Lidl (at some of the hottest prices around). Lidl has […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition, Uncategorized

Every day is Earth Day (if you’re Lidl)

  Our partner Lidl is known for high-quality groceries at unbelievably low prices, but they’re also committed to sourcing sustainable products. That’s why Lidl’s everyday assortment of fresh and frozen seafood is always certified sustainable or responsibly sourced, helping protect precious ocean ecosystems. When you shop at Lidl, you’re getting seafood that will make you […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Eat the Rainbow

April showers bring May flowers, and Rainbows!  Have you ever heard the saying “Eat the Rainbow” – and no, we are not talking about Skittles or m&ms.  Eating the rainbow involves eating a variety of fruits and vegetables of all colors, to increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to benefit our health.    Red […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

National Nutrition Month®: Personalize Your Plate

March is National Nutrition Month®! This year’s theme is “Personalize your Plate.” This month the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is reminding everyone there is no one size fits all approach to nutrition and health.  Every person has their own goals, backgrounds, and tastes.  In the spirit of National Nutrition Month, we challenge you to […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Love Your Heart

February is all about hearts and love with the celebration of American Heart Health Month and Valentine’s Day.  However, this year to maintain safe COVID-19 practices and social distance, many of our children are not going to be exchanging valentines with their classmates.  The good news is we can still encourage a fun and safe […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

CHEERS to a Healthy New Year!

New Year, New Goals: start this year by teaching children the importance of how balanced eating, can promote physical strength and smart brains.  Empower children with the knowledge of how to eat a balanced diet.  Create an environment where you, as the caregiver, are a role model of balanced eating and provide positive conversations around […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Families, Nutrition

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

The Holiday season is a joyous time with delicious treats, gatherings, and traditions that can lead to overeating, exhaustion, and stress.  So how do we maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet while still enjoying all the holiday season has to offer?   Get creative, keep portions reasonable, and enjoy the moment! Holiday food is often loaded […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Pumpkin: Great for your Health and Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

Pumpkins get a lot of attention in the Fall for their decorative purposes, flavored coffee drinks, and delightfully smelling candles. BUT did you know pumpkins provide the body with MANY health benefits! Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that boost immunity, improves digestion, promotes a more restful sleep, and […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

The Sweet Deceit: Hidden Sugar

Halloween is right around the corner.  Children are brainstorming their perfect Halloween costumes, planning out their trick-or-treat route, and fantasizing about the buckets of candy they are about to eat! Meanwhile parents are dreading the sugar rush their kids are about to endure and wondering how much sugar is too much sugar? The USDA recommends […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition, Uncategorized

Back to School Breakfast

It is hard to believe Summer is over and it is officially time to go back to school.  This year the morning hustle might look different, but it is important to settle into a routine that allows time for a balanced breakfast.  Children who sit down and eat a balanced breakfast each morning perform better […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Cooking with Kids: Summertime Recipes

Written by: OnPoint Nutrition Happy Summer! The days are longer, warmer and all around more relaxing, the last thing you want to do is pull away from quality family time to cook a large meal alone in a hot kitchen.  Thankfully, you can choose quick, easy, light dishes that can be prepared together with your […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Are Children Getting Enough Vitamin D?

OnPoint Nutrition  Most likely, your children are NOT getting enough of this essential vitamin.  Old wives’ tales suggest, if your child is drinking milk and playing outside, then they are fulfilling their daily requirement of Vitamin D.  Unfortunately, this is not completely true and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, now more then ever […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Healthy Snacks to Keep your Kids Happy

Erin Stagnitta – OnPoint Nutrition  Children love to snack, in fact it may seem like your children have become endless pits, with voice boxes constantly asking for more food.  This is great, and means they are growing!  It is a good idea to use snack time as another opportunity to add nutritious food to your child’s […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition, Uncategorized

Healthy Gardening with Children

Erin Stagnitta – OnPoint Nutrition It is officially springtime! The weather is getting warmer, grass is growing, birds are chirping, and more people are spending time outside.  Are you looking for something healthy and fun to do with your children outdoors? Try gardening!  Gardening is good for the physical, mental, and emotional health of children.  […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Happy National Nutrition Month – Eat Right by the Bite!

March is National Nutrition Month!  This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite,“ reminding everyone to eat a variety of nutritious foods every day. A nutritious eating plan packed with tasty foods will keep you fueled and healthy! Remember, it’s not just the food we eat but also the beverages that we drink. How […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Happy Heart Month

Happy Heart Month! February’s the month where we celebrate love (and eat all the chocolate!), but it’s also American Heart Month. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., making it imperative to keep our hearts healthy and happy! One of the most important factors in preventing heart […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Healthy Kids Running Series – Runner Spotlight!

Each HKRS Series presents a Healthy Kid Award to the child who embodies the mission of Healthy Kids Running Series. In Peters Township, the Healthy Kid Award was presented to Wil. The Community Coordinator, Carey, wanted to recognize the spirit and enthusiasm he brought to the Series.   Wil completed his seventh Healthy Kids Running Series […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Healthy Holiday Recipes!

Healthy Holidays The holidays are just around the corner! With this festive season comes a lot of traditions, sweets, and treats. How can we enjoy these special once a year goodies and still feel healthy with our choices? Get creative, savor the flavors, and keep portions reasonable! What are your holiday breakfast traditions? If they’re […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Healthy Kids Thanksgiving

It’s officially November, which means were gearing up for the big feast- THANKSGIVING! All of the seasonal foods and delicious treats may seem overwhelming, but you can still stay healthy this holiday season with a few simple tips! Eat breakfast  Start your day off with a balanced breakfast. Eating before the big feast will help […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Runner spotlight – Healthy Kid Award Winner

From Katie Bailey: (Coordinator) Some kids wear their hearts on their sleeves.  Healthy Kids in Rockville, Maryland was blessed to have many joyful kids racing in our Fall series.  One of the brightest stars, however, was a boy with a can-do attitude by the name of Gavi Tinsley. As soon as Gavi arrived on the […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

How to Eat Healthy at Fast Food Restaurants with OnPoint Nutrition

by Kaitlin Sherman | OnPoint Nutrition OnPoint Nutrition is a team of Philadelphia-based Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists that coaches you to healthy living using their evidence-based, anti-diet program. Ever wondered how to grab lunch or dinner at a quick service restaurant AND make sure that it’s healthy?  Well, we’re here to help.  Below, we teach you all […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Giving Back: A Coordinator Spotlight

If you have ever been a part of a Healthy Kids Running Series, then you have seen crowds of enthusiastic children outfitted in the organization’s t-shirts running many a Sunday in your local parks. But these shirts have also been helping make life a little easier for some special students in the Dominican Republic. It […] >> READ MORE
Running Stories & Tips

Partner Stretching from Experience Life Magazine

Put some oomph into your stretching routine with these buddy-assisted moves. BY ANDREW HEFFERNAN | JUNE 2019 [From Partner Experience Life Magazine] For many of us, stretching is like flossing — tedious but necessary. When someone helps you stretch, however, it can change the equation altogether. “Humans are social animals,” says Los Angeles–based yoga and martial-arts instructor […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight, Uncategorized

10 Fest Philly Recap!

What an incredible day! On May 19th, we hosted runners from 55 of our Series from across the country as well as a number of first time participants! We had over 600 runners with 26 parents joining in on the fun with a mile race to finish of the day. It was an amazing way […] >> READ MORE
Running Stories & Tips

Partner Workouts from Experience Life Magazine

Grab a pal and head outside to tackle this built-for-two routine. BY ANDREW HEFFERNAN | JUNE 2019 [From Partner Experience Life Magazine] At the gym, solo workouts are the norm. Even at rush hour, you rarely witness much interaction beyond the occasional “Can I work in?” There’s nothing wrong with cranking the tunes and grinding out a […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

A Perfect Twist on Smoothies with OnPoint Nutrition

By Britney Kennedy | OnPoint Nutrition Smoothies are a great way to get your kids to drink a cool drink packed with so many nutrients! They can be enjoyed for breakfast or even as a snack, especially on a hot summer day. Smoothies are completely customizable, ensuring your picky eaters get exactly what they want. […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

A Healthy Spring Picnic with OnPoint Nutrition!

By Britney Kennedy | OnPoint Nutrition It’s FINALLY spring, which means kids will be playing outdoors, participating in sports, and overall exerting more energy!  The harder they play, the more energy they’ll need from food. Choosing healthy snacks for your child is extremely important.  Remember, quick and portable do not have to mean unhealthy.  Snacks […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Series Spotlight: Princeton Junction, NJ!

The Princeton Junction Series kicked off for the first time this past Sunday with some terrific weather in central New Jersey. Over the past few years, New Jersey has become a hot bed for Healthy Kids Running Series, and Princeton Junction found its stride quickly, jumping out of the gates with 225 participants in its […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

North Reading, Massachusetts

Matt Quinlan is one of our newly cemented Coordinators who is preparing for his first Series this spring!  He will be bringing Healthy Kids Running Series to the North Reading community in northeastern Massachusetts starting in April. Matt took the HKRS Community by storm with the highest sign-up total out of any program in the […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Getting ready for New Year’s Resolutions!

by Britney Kennedy | OnPoint Nutrition We’re saying goodbye to 2018 and ringing in 2019! It’s never too late to get resolutions in order, and get kids on board too! New Year goals don’t just have to be for the adults, get your kids involved and have them set their own resolutions for the new […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving with OnPoint Nutrition

Written by Britney Kennedy | OnPoint Nutrition Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and with that comes parties and gatherings galore! This time of year can be tricky when it comes to making healthy choices. With a few simple tips, this holiday season can be as healthy as it is delicious! Get Up […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

‘Nutrition – Keep It Simple’ with OnPoint Nutrition

By Britney Kennedy | [Originally Curated for OnPoint-Nutrition.com] With so many fad diets, juice cleanses, weight loss supplements and meal delivery services out there, it’s hard to know what’s truly healthy. Paleo? Optifast? Green smoothies? What really works? This is when I like to take a deep breath and go back to the research. Womp womp. […] >> READ MORE
News, Press Room Articles

Ready, Set… & They’re Off!

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm In this day and age, where it is infinitely easier to grab dinner on the run from the closest drive-thru, enforcing healthy habits in our children – and ourselves! – can be the last thing on our minds. Healthy Kids Running Series aims to make healthiness […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Meet Hadley: A 4-Year Old from Indiana, PA

When most people think of arthritis, they associate the joint pain with ‘getting old.’ Many people would never expect that these conditions can affect people of all ages. Hadley and her family were no different. But, in June of 2016, at the age of two, Hadley was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).  Idiopathic refers […] >> READ MORE
News, Press Room Articles

Healthy Kids Running Series Announce Fall 2018 Series

By Dana Point Times | On August 17, 2018 Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) is a national community-based nonprofit five-week running programs for ages youth 2-14 that gets kids active, helping them feel accomplished and laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. HKRS is seeking participants for its program in South Orange County. The first of five consecutive […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Healthy Summer Vacation from OnPoint Nutrition

Your summer season will likely be sprinkled with weekend trips, family visits, and long days on the go. Navigating restaurants, sweets, and being out of your usual routine might be a challenge, but doesn’t have to derail your goals. Read on for five key things to focus in on to ensure the healthiest vacation for […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

On the Run with Bella!

Bella is always on the move. Whether she is outside in the yard, or in the house, wherever she is going, she runs.  On family walks, her parents sometimes must tell her to slow down because it can be hard to keep up. Naturally, when Bella and her family found out about Healthy Kids Running […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Sheet Pan Success: Make Dinners Easy!

OnPoint Nutrition | Emily Pierce RD, LDN Sheet pan meals are here to save your week nights! This cooking method can be a major time saver, and with the ability to mix and match so many different food items-the possibilities are endless. The best part about sheet pan meals? Even the most novice of cooks […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

True Perseverance in Cresskill, NJ

Avery has always been an adventurer.  Every chance she gets, she is outside, traveling with her family to a new place, trying out a new activity or sport.  This has brought her to a variety of places, from the beaches of the Cayman Islands, to the ski slopes of Vermont. But, in 2017, all this […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

The Power of Encouragement

A lot of Healthy Kids Running Series is about service.  As a non-profit, each year money earned is cycled back through the program in a constant effort to enhance the experience that we can provide for our kids and families. Because of this, our program has a strong reliance on volunteers.  They are the unsung […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Nutrition Check: The Truth on Chocolate from OnPoint Nutrition

by Quiara Gordon Today we are going to talk about thedietary implications of one of the most popular desserts: chocolate.  Many wonder will indulging in the sweet really derail your healthy living efforts? With proper meal planning and knowing the facts on cocoa, you can easily incorporate chocolate into your diet. Cocoa The health benefits […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

TJ ‘Runs’ at the Chance to Help Others

When TJ started school at KIPP DC Elementary, the teaching staff began to immediately notice certain intangibles that permeate from his personality.  TJ jumps at the chance to help any student, whether it’s in an instructional or friendly nature.  He is bursting with energy, willing to participate in or volunteer for any and every activity. […] >> READ MORE
News

Healthy Kids Running Series Comes to Town from the Sentinel

03 May 2018 | Written by  Peter Rouleau ROCKVILLE — The Healthy Kids Running Series, a national non-profit designed to promote healthy lifestyles and to combat childhood obesity, is now active in Montgomery County.  Founded in 2009 in West Chester, Pennsylvania by Jeff Long, founder and president of Pattinson Sports Group, HKRS now operates in over […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Jackson’s Drive to Run

Ever since Jackson was a young boy, people have always told him how fast he is. He was running as soon as he learned how to walk, and running has provided a wonderful outlet for Jackson’s immense energy level. He has always played organized sports like flag football or soccer, but running has always been […] >> READ MORE
News

Healthy Kids Running Series Support from CHOP

Lee Cultural Center Field 4328 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104   Date: Apr 7, 2018-May 6, 2018 The Healthy Kids Running Series is a five-week program that introduces kids to the world of running in a fun way through age-appropriate races. Dates/times: The series will be held on five Saturday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m.: April 7, 14, […] >> READ MORE
News

Parent with a Purpose: Meet Dan Slattery

By Kelly Pramberger, Publisher Mom, Macaroni Kid Springfield Apr 18, 2018 One of my favorite things about publishing Macaroni Kid is the chance to connect with other parents in our community. Often times these connections inspire me and remind me of the ability of one person to make a difference. It is with this in […] >> READ MORE
News

Somerset Lake’s man of the races by the Chester County Press

04/12/2018 11:02AM ● Published by J. Chambless By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer “Beginning on April 29 at Kennett Middle School, [David] Berger will begin his fourth year as community organizer for the Healthy Kids Running Series, a five-week running program for children from Pre-K to the 8th grade. The program offers age-appropriate running events […] >> READ MORE
News

Crescent City Around the Neighborhoods for April 4, 2018

Advocate staff reports | APR 4, 2018 – 6:45 AM HEALTHY KIDS RUNNING SERIES: Registration is open for the Healthy Kids Running Series, which will begin with a race at 4:30 p.m. April 8 at West Bank Bridge Park, 13825 River Road, Luling. Later races will be on April 15, April 22, April 29 and May […] >> READ MORE
News

Chesapeake Kids Run for Health from Bay Weekly

Pre-K and up train for fitness in five weeks By Shelby Conrad Racing into Chesapeake Country this Sunday April 8 are some healthy kids. Healthy Kids Running Series, a nationwide program, comes to Anne Arundel Community College this month to help kids in the community learn to run their way to good health. Click here […] >> READ MORE
News

Five-week running series debuts in Vancouver for ages 2 to 14

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian Health Reporter Published: April 9, 2018, 6:02 AM Renee Collins remembers how tough it was to find activities for her children when they were younger. As toddlers, they were too young for T-ball and most other organized sports. Now that her kids are 5 and 8 years old, it’s much easier to find […] >> READ MORE
News

Kids running program comes to West Texas

Author: Lexis Greene Published: 7:34 PM CDT April 11, 2018 Updated: 7:34 PM CDT April 11, 2018 A Non-profit organization that started back in 2009 in Pennsylvania just made its way to Abilene the idea behind the program is to get kids outside of the house and get moving every Sunday until May 6 there will be races […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Tips from OnPoint Nutrition: Snacking On the Go

Written by Emily Pierce RD, LDN at OnPoint Nutrition Many of us understand how important snacking is for a successful day. Snacks get us from meal to meal (no one wants to be hangry!), and they’re a great way to ensure you get all your fruit and veggie servings. By snacking, we can control hunger- lessening […] >> READ MORE
Running Stories & Tips

How Will Your Kids Fall in Love with Running?

The truth is, you cannot make anyone fall in love with anything…or anyone. Sure, extrinsic motivations in the form of medals, t-shirts and other goodies can help to spur excitement, but what is going to make your kids want more out of running, or physical activity, or the outdoors for the rest of their lives? […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Tips from OnPoint Nutrition- Coconut: Friend or Foe?

-written by Emily Pierce RD, LDN at OnPoint Nutrition Coconut oil stormed onto the scene as a cure all, go-to, kitchen miracle. It quickly gained a fan base touting its numerous health and weight loss benefits.  These claims got a lot of nutrition professionals scratching their heads, as coconut is one of the only plant based […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Lucas- A Healthy Kids Spotlight!

Healthy Kids Running Series is all about having fun with the entire family.  This could not be more true for this week’s spotlight, Lucas, and his family. Check out Lucas (in the Orange) competing against all of his friends at the Miami Series last year: The entire family has been long time participants in the […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Trevor- Healthy Kids Spotlight

This week, our spotlight is shining on Trevor, a 1/2 Miler who first began competing in the Mullica Hill Series at the 50 Yard Dash distance. Trevor’s Mother, Dana, describes him as somewhat of an ‘Energizer Bunny,’ always on the go. If it were possible for Trevor to be outside for every waking moment, he […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Ella- Healthy Kids Spotlight

Maybe the most beautiful part of the Healthy Kids Running Series is that there is a place for everyone at our races.  No matter your size, your speed, your athletic ability, or your competitive spirit, everyone fits right in.  It is not a popularity contest; it is not ‘win at all costs.’ Healthy Kids is […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Mikey- Healthy Kids Spotlight

A couple of weeks ago, we did a story highlighting Jack from our Newton, New Jersey Series.  We had an amazing response from our community, with people from all over ‘routing’ for Jack, an incredible young boy who lives with Cystic Fibrosis. The sharing of his story helped us to learn about another of our […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Kinley – Healthy Kids Spotlight

This week’s Healthy Kids Spotlight is Kinley from the Morehead City HKRS Series!!  She took home first place honors in the half mile distance last fall. Check out as clip of her win in the final race: We are highlighting Kinley not only because she is a fantastic runner, but also for her stellar attitude […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Kids Spotlight

Our First Healthy Kid Spotlight: Super Jack

Your stories are what makes Healthy Kids such a success.  The joy and sense of accomplishment that comes with our Series can really jump start a Healthy and Happy Life. We see a manifestation of this in our runners every single race.  That is why we will start to spotlight some of our amazing Healthy […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Better candy choices!

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year! Who doesn’t love an excuse to throw down candy for dinner? One day of a sugar binge can be ok, but there is are some snacks that are better than others.  Check out the chart below so you can make better choices! 1 treat […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

National Taco Day and a kid friendly recipe

So, it’s not exactly Taco Tuesday, but today is National Taco Day! One of the greatest days of the year by far! Let’s face the facts, pretty much all kids love tacos, but they aren’t always the greatest in terms of nutrition- so check out this adjustment! You’ll still get all of the awesome Tex-Mex […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Cheap (and healthy!) Eats!

As parents we are always stretched thin. Between practices, school, projects, and work it can just seem like there’s never enough time during the day to create healthy meals on a budget.  Of course we would all love to meal plan fresh and healthy entrees for low costs, but with so much advice out there […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Taquito Tuesday!

Taco Tuesday is one of my children’s most favorite dinners of the week.  While tacos might not be considered health food, there are many variations that you can make into a guilt free dinner.  One of our newest favorites is a version is sweet potato taquitos.  These little rolls are a cross between traditional corn […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Meatless Monday Hummus Veggie Wraps

Need a Meatless Monday dinner that you can cook outside? Don’t heat up the house! 2 medium Zucchini cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices 2 teaspoons olive oil 1⁄8 teaspoon table salt 1 pinch ground black pepper 1 cup hummus (store bought) 4 pieces wraps (about 9 inches in diameter) 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Carrot, Apple, Zucchini Bread

One of our favorite things about writing the Healthy Kids Running Series blog is to find great ways to ‘sneak’ in fruits and veggies into unexpected treats for our families.  While scouring Pinterest, we came across this Carrot, Zucchini, Apple bread and couldn’t help but share! This is the perfect way to use up some […] >> READ MORE
Events

HKRS and PDT Podcast!

New Podcast Available: Healthy Kids Running Part 1 The vision of the Pediatric Developmental Therapy (PDT) practice stems from Founder Haden Boliek’s belief that is vital to treat the whole child. You will often hear Haden talk about “getting kids moving and grooving.” As a speech therapist she has witnessed time and time again the […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

Meet our HKRS Summer Intern, Brianna Milker

Welcome to our intern, Brianna (Bri) Milker! Bri is spending her summer at the main Healthy Kids Running Series office.  She works with the HKRS team to secure all of our fall races, update location pages, and help out with other various summer projects. Bri comes to HKRS from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and will be […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Summer Strawberry dessert!

Our friends at OnPoint Nutrition are always coming up with delicious and healthy snacks, and what better way to use up some of your summer fruit than making chocolate dipped fruit kabobs! June and July are prime time for strawberries, so start dipping and enjoy! Ingredients 16 oz. dark chocolate chips 18 pieces of bite […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

How to save a smoothie

Ever wanted to make smoothies in a batch for a group or just wanted to make smaller portions for your kiddos? Never fear! We have some great tips to get you going. For storing some in the fridge for later… Make a double batch.  If you’re not going to be drinking it within 24 hours, […] >> READ MORE
Article, News, Releases, Running

HKRS meets Bart Yasso, Runner’s World Magazine, CRO

Bart Yasso the “mayor of running” is Runner’s World Magazine’s Chief Running Officer. He’s one of a few people to have completed races on all seven continents-including the Mount Kilimanjaro marathon. He’s the winner of the 1987 U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship. Among marathon trainers, he’s known for his Yasso 800 track workout believed to be […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Grow you own veggies – indoors!!

Getting kids to eat their veggies can be quite experience, but if you let your kids help to grow them, they might be more inclined to give them a try! The good people at BuzzFeed.com have some awesome tips of how to grow potatoes and lettuce from leftover scraps.  Spring is the perfect time for […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Pizza Redux!

Our contributing partner, OnPoint Nutrition, comes up with some awesome recipe adaptations to make everyone’s favorites a little more health conscious and one of our new favorites is their recent addition, a pizza redux! OnPoint has swapped out some of the regular ingredients like white flour.  Try out this super-easy recipe instead of take out […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

Start a Series in your town!

At the Healthy Kids Running Series Headquarters, we get calls and emails on a daily basis about starting a Series, so we thought we would give a very brief overview about what it means to be a HKRS Community Coordinator! Bringing a Series to your town means a lot! First, you will be giving kids […] >> READ MORE
News

24 hour rule

The 24-hour rule is a new phenomenon in youth sports and is creating quite a stir in the coaching community.  In general terms, the rule states that a parent should not contact a coach until after 24 hours to make remarks, complaints, or observations about an athletic conference.  The idea behind this rule is to […] >> READ MORE
News, Running

Community Coordinators on the Run!!

Monday, April 17 was a very special day for 3 of our HKRS family members- Boston Marathon Day! Brooke Magni (Lancaster, PA), Manager at the National Office, Lindsay Vogt, Deephaven, MN Coordinator, and Luke Krebs, Wayne, PA Coordinator, all completed the 121st Boston Marathon.  This 26.2 mile race winds through the streets of Hopkinton through […] >> READ MORE
News

HeraldGuide.com

Running Series finds foothold, strong turnout in St. Charles Parish April 13, 2017 | 8:00AM Children ran around, burned off calories and perhaps began establishing some lifelong healthy habits at the Healthy Kids Running Series kickoff event at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling, and results already indicate the event has become a hit. […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Families, News

In the raw…

Getting your child to eat any kind of vegetable or fruit is a feat in and of itself, but there are times when it’s best to serve them raw versus cooked.  In some cases, when plant foods are heated, their available nutritional content can be altered, reduced, or eliminated altogether.  Vitamin C, common in many fruits and especially […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

Sponsor Shout Out- Texas Beef Council

This spring season we welcome a new sponsor for our Texas locations, the Texas Beef Council.  The Texas Beef Council (TBC) is a non-profit organization charged with the promotion and marketing of beef and beef products. TBC is funded by Texas farmers and ranchers through the national Beef Checkoff program and the Texas state Beef […] >> READ MORE
News

ShoreNewsToday.com

Healthy Kids Running Series coming to Cape May County 4H Fairgrounds Mar 27, 2017 CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) will debut this spring for its first season at the Cape May County 4H Fairgrounds beginning April 2. HKRS is a five-week, nonprofit youth running program created by Jeff Long. The […] >> READ MORE
News

WJACTV.com

‘Healthy Kids Running Series’ coming to Johnstown Region Monday, March 6, 2017 JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown region is joining nearly 50 other communities across the country who are members of a youth running club. “Healthy Kids Running Series” is holding its first spring series at Highland Regional Park.” The five-week youth running program is designed […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Nutrition for little athletes

All food is made up of calories, but there are huge differences between how those calories are burned and the actual nutritional benefit of  certain foods.  For example, 500 calories worth of cake with sugary icing burns far differently than 500 calories of salad.  Caloric density is very important, especially when planning meals and snacks […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases, Running

Sponsor Shout Out- New Balance

As you may have noticed by their logo appearing on all of our kids’ shirts, website, and advertising, New Balance is our title sponsor for all of our HKRS series.  For the past 3 years, the company has generously provided us with not only monetary support, but also supplied our race bags, and outfitted our […] >> READ MORE
News, Partner-Stories, Releases

Sponsor Shout Out- Smarty Pants Vitamins

Another week, another awesome HKRS partner we would like to recognize, Smarty Pants Vitamins! Select series around the country will be receiving samples of Smarty Pants Vitamins for their race bags.  What makes these vitamins different from your run of the mill chewable? The gummy factor! Each serving of Smarty Pants is a delicious gummy […] >> READ MORE
News

Nuventra Pharma Sciences Partners with HKRS as Official National Sponsor

A leader in drug development consulting, Nuventra leadership finds synergies in partnership with Healthy Kids Running Series Thornton, PA (February 28, 2017) – Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) announces a new national partnership with Nuventra Pharma Sciences, experts in clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetic analysis, for 2017. Nuventra Pharma Sciences provides the pharmaceutical industry with leading […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Snacks for little athletes

How many times a day can a child possibly utter the phrase “Mom, I’m hungry!”? My children can do it approximately 3,482 times before my head starts to explode a little.  This is especially true on our ‘sports days’ (a.k.a. practice, HKRS race days, soccer games, basketball games, or pretty much any day in general).  […] >> READ MORE
Running Stories & Tips

Don’t skip the stretch!

Stretching can be a pain, but skip it, and you’ll be in for even less of a treat.  We all know that you should stretch after a good warm up session, but what about after? The post workout or run stretch is key for a few reason, so make sure that you take a few […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Families, Nutrition

Healthy holiday baking

Holidays are the time for baking! In our family we don’t always have desserts or sweets laying around, but at the holidays we bake tons and tons of cookies and pastries for various office and school parties and to give as gifts.  One way we stick with our traditions while still keeping our family healthy […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Meatless Monday- All Day Veggie Soup

Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s time to start looking ahead to soup season.  One of my family’s favorites is super easy veggie stew in the crock pot.  We all have different tastes, so this is an easy way to make sure that the kids are eating their veggies but you can also […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Break the sugar cycle

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they can wreak havoc on your family’s healthy diet habits that you have worked so hard to establish.  Cravings for sugary sweets only seem to multiply with the more you consume.  Ever tried to eat a single piece of chocolate or cookie? Yeah, that’s not really […] >> READ MORE
Healthy Families, News

Thanksgiving Olympics

With all of the in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, it might be hard to keep the little ones from being underfoot.  A new tradition for our family this year will be the Thanksgiving Olympics! We are going to plan a series of games and activities for the kiddos to keep them occupied without spending the […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

When to go organic

Of course you only want to give your family the best, however, there are a few ways to save some cash on your groceries when considering going organic.  Organic farming in general features cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are […] >> READ MORE
Article, Healthy Kids Stories, News, Releases

HKRS gives back!

One of the goals of the Healthy Kids Running Series is to give back through community outreach.  In the past year, our national office staff decided that one way we could support our international community of children was to adopt a child through the World Vision program. This particular international program aims to provide children […] >> READ MORE
Running Stories & Tips

Rules of Buying Running Shoes

Running can be one of the cheapest sports that your kids can participate in, but you will still need to be prepared to purchase proper running shoes for your kiddos.  They might be try to convince you that lights and glitter will make them run faster, but here are a few tips to help you […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

The Chipotle method

Find that you’re running short on time and eating the same stuff over and over? Sick of having to think about what you’re going to fee your family week in and week out? Try out the Chipotle method! Use the chart below to put together a new menu. You can even streamline your week a […] >> READ MORE
Running Stories & Tips

Anatomy of a running shoe

Just like a person, a running shoe has various parts that work together to make a fully functioning mechanism.  Essentially a shoe is split into three parts; the Upper, Midsole, and Outsole. The Upper’s function is to hold the foot in place and to protect the foot from debris, injury, water, dirt, etc.  The upper […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Bananas

Bananas are one of the most common foods associated with running. Bananas make it on the list of things to eat before running and often seen after races. According to Livestrong.com “Bananas have nutritional benefits that can help you fuel your muscle glycogen stores. Athletes often gravitate toward bananas because of their potassium. You need […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Smoothies to mix up your morning

Always feel like you are rushing out the door in the morning and don’t have time to enjoy breakfast? Want to add some easy nutrition to your child’s first meal of the day? Here’s an easy list of smoothie combos to make the mornings just a little easier…Choose your fruit : Berries (frozen or fresh) […] >> READ MORE
Running Stories & Tips

When to Stretch

When to Stretch When to stretch when being physically active has been an ongoing debate.  Do you warm up? Stretch after? Stretch before? The questions can be endless.  Research by Dr. Robert Herbert (University of Sydney, Australia) has shown that though stretching on a regular basis may not necessarily prevent muscle soreness after activities, it […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

Healthy Kids Running Series National Headquarters Staff

Feature Image (left to right) Colette, Kevin Crispin, Katie Sullivan, Scott Ely. Jeff Long, Bruce Earle, Tamara Conan-Virtue, Brooke Magni. Do you ever wonder who works at the Healthy Kids Running Series National Headquarters? Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) is a nonprofit created by Jeff Long, Founder and President of Pattison Sports Group, located in […] >> READ MORE
Nutrition

Why buy local….

I am all about saving money and buying stuff online, but buying running shoes is something I take very seriously and for the most part purchase at an actual running store- especially when buying them for my kiddos.  As a 20 plus year runner and coach, all too many times have I purchased a pair […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

YMCA Camp Tockwogh Renews 2016 Partnership

YMCA Camp Tockwogh Renews as 2016 HKRS Sponsor YMCA Camp Tockwogh Supports HKRS in PA and DE to Foster Their Goal of Healthy Living Thornton, PA (December 17, 2015) – Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) is pleased to renew their partnership with YMCA Camp Tockwogh, a spectacular rural camp on 309 well-preserved aces spread over […] >> READ MORE
News

Rothman Institute Joins 2015 Roster of HKRS Sponsors

Leader in orthopaedics to help combat increasing rates of childhood obesity through running Thornton, PA (August 25, 2015) – Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Rothman Institute, the region’s leader in orthopaedics. Rothman Institute’s mission is to provide their communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

HKRS Welcomes Camp Tockwogh

YMCA Camp Tockwogh Announced as 2015 HKRS Sponsor YMCA Camp Tockwogh Supports HKRS to Foster Their Goal of Healthy Living in Youth Thornton, PA (January 13, 2015) – Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) is pleased to announce a new partnership with YMCA Camp Tockwogh, a spectacular rural camp on 309 well-preserved aces spread over a […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

HKRS Expands in Spring 2015

HKRS Announces Spring 2015 Series; Over 75 Locations HKRS Welcomes Over 15 New Locations and expands to Puerto Rico Thornton, PA (January 13, 2015) – Registration is now open for Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) Spring 2015.  Expanding from its 60 locations last fall, HKRS is now accepting registrations in over 75 towns across 20 […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

10-Seconds Extends Partnership

Hickory Brands, Inc. and 10-Seconds Renew Shoe Lace Partnership and Announce Beo Bands’ Charitable Donation All Youth Runners to Receive HKRS Shoe Laces from 10-Seconds in 2015 Thornton, PA (January 12, 2015) – Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) is pleased to renew its 2015 partnership with 10-Seconds, a division of Hickory Brands, Inc and the […] >> READ MORE
Article, News

Philly.com – July 28, 2014

New Play, Big Payoff Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer Monday, July 28, 2014 Link to the Article on Philly.com. Jeff Long could torture himself with “what ifs.” Especially: What if that financial backer had come through with the $250,000 Long needed to sustain his ticket-outsourcing business for college sports events until critical mass was achieved? But […] >> READ MORE
Article, News

Hempfield News – Feb. 17, 2014

Registrations open for Healthy Kids Running Series in East Petersburg February 17, 2014 Click Here to view this article on LancasterOnline.com. Registration is now open for the Healthy Kids Running Series that begins Sunday, April 6. The program is beginning its second season at East Petersburg Fitness Park, 5665 Main St. In 2013 the HKRS […] >> READ MORE
Article, News

ConejoValleyGuide.com

Healthy Kids Running Series in Camarillo on Sundays from March 23 to April 27 Febraury 11, 2014 Please Click Here to view this article at ConejoValleyGuide.com. The Healthy Kids Running Series was created by Jeff Long, Founder and President of Pattison Sports Group, to provide kids with a positive, educational, and fun experience in the world of […] >> READ MORE
Article, News

CBS Philly – April 4, 2014

Local Program Encourages Kids to Get Out and Run By: Pat Loeb April 4, 2014 Please Click Here to view this article on CBSPhilly.com PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A five-week program to get kids out and moving kicks off Saturday in West Philadelphia. Kids ages 3-14 can compete in the “Healthy Kids Running Series.” Each age group […] >> READ MORE
Article, News

PennLive – April 6, 2014

Running is a great sport for kids, but don’t push their growing bodies too hard By: Karren L. Johnson | Special to PennLive April 6, 2014 Please Click Here to view the article on PennLive.com Matthew Silvis, MD, a family and sports medicine physician at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been a […] >> READ MORE
Article, News

The Evening Sun – April 1, 2014

Healthy Kids Running Series comes to Chenango By: Matthew White, Sun Staff Writer April 1, 2014 NORWICH – An exciting, new and healthy opportunity for children in grades pre-k to eighth grade is coming to Chenango County and by all accounts is off on the right foot. The Healthy Kids Running series (HKRS) is a […] >> READ MORE
Article, News, Releases

10-Seconds Partners with HKRS

Hickory Brands, Inc. and 10-Seconds Announce Shoe Lace Sponsorship with Healthy Kids Running Series All Youth Runners to Receive HKRS Shoe Laces from 10-Seconds in 2014 Thornton, PA (January 28, 2014) – The Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) announces a new 2014 partnership with 10-Seconds, a division of Hickory Brands, Inc and the leading manufacturer […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

HKRS Opens Spring 2014 Reg.

Click Here to Download this release in a PDF File. HKRS Announces Spring 2014 Series; Over 30 New Locations Registrations Accepted in 50 Plus Towns Across the Nation This Spring Thornton, PA (January 2, 2014) – Registration is now open for Healthy Kids Running Series (“HKRS”) spring 2014.  Expanding from its 18 locations last fall, […] >> READ MORE
News, Releases

Presenting Sponsorship

Thornton, PA (March 7, 2013) – The Healthy Kids Running Series Mechanicsburg (“HKRS”) today announced Carlisle Regional Medical Center as its Series’ Presenting Sponsor for both the Spring and Fall Series in 2013. This is HKRS Mechanicsburg’s first Presenting Sponsorship, which will include exclusive access to the program as well as a revised logo, which […] >> READ MORE