"Food on the Run" Takes Steps to Healthier Choices

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Nutrition Council of Greater Cincinnati kicked-off the National Nutrition Month with its Food on the Run run and fitness walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 at Yeatman's Cove.

Yeatman's Cove is located at 705 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The annual 10K and 5K chip-timed run and fitness walk helps fund the childhood obesity outreach programs led by the Nutrition Council.

According to Lauren Niemes M.Ed., R.D., L.D., Executive Director of the Nutrition Council, nearly 1/3 of local children are obese and early childhood intervention is critical because obese kids grow up to be obese adults.

The Nutrition Council is a regional leader in children nutrition outreach.

"Our programs and services provide the knowledge, skills and motivation people in our community need to make healthier food choices and to be more active," says Niemes.

"Considering the rate of obesity and its medical implications, I think this is a very important service to our community."

Founded in 1974, the Nutrition Council is a non-profit organization staffed by registered dietitians. Its goal is to support the health and well-being of children ages 3 to 13 and their families through nutrition education, physical activity and advocacy.

Outreach efforts touch nearly 30,000 local families per year and are recognized through support of organizations such as the United Way, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and countless other local and national organizations.

Aside from the race, the registered dietitians who make up the Nutrition Council will provide nutrition information as well as tips for runners to successfully train for a marathon.

Registration began at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and awards will be given out for the best dressed foodie (a runner/walker dressed up as a healthy food) as well as male and female runners and walkers in each category.

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