(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan will continue her mission of preparing children for the future by encouraging them to stay healthy and fit. Commissioner Jordan will join children, who are enrolled in the Morning Mile Program at 26 Miami-Dade Parks locations, as they begin walking, jogging or running up to five miles per week. The kick-off event will take place at 9 a.m., on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Country Village Park, 6550 NW 188 Terrace, in Miami.
“We have worked tirelessly to encourage children to read during the summer months, and by all accounts we have been successful,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Now, I am putting that same energy behind this effort to have children practice healthy habits of exercising on a daily basis.”
Last year 1,200 participants in the Parks Department’s summer camps, ages 6-14, averaged three miles per week, which totaled 26,079 miles for the program period. This year, organizers are hoping to surpass that number since the program sites have increased from 20 to 26.
“This program should be mirrored throughout the country,” said Commissioner Jordan. “Residents in Miami-Dade County are fortunate that the program has been embraced here.”
Developed by Fitzness International in Gainesville, Florida, the Morning Mile program provides participating schools or parks with a program guidebook and everything they need to bring the exercise program to their students. A grant from AvMed Health Plans provides the funding for the Morning Mile starter kits, which gives the Parks Department the instructions and materials to start the program. For more information regarding the program, visit www.MorningMile.com.