WHAT IS GO FAR?
GO FAR is a 10-week comprehensive fitness program designed to teach children of all abilities about healthy eating, goal setting, and how to train to walk/run a 5K. GO FAR was created to fight the childhood obesity epidemic while teaching kids that active lifestyles can be sustained throughout their lives.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, GO FAR offers an easy way for teachers, coaches and/or parents to create running clubs and family 5K events across the country, in communities small and large. The flexible, turn-key curricula can be offered in the classroom, during a summer camp, or as an after-school program. Teachers, coaches or parents interested in serving as positive role models and sharing their love of running receive webinar training and a wide variety of online resources and tips. Start a club in your community today!
It is our mission to empower children to make sustainable healthy lifestyle choices. GO FAR helps to …
- get children active
- reduce the incidence of childhood obesity and its complications
- teach children about healthy eating habits that they can sustain in to adulthood
- model the importance of good character and how it applies to success in life
- show children how to set and achieve goals and complete a 5K road race
GO FAR creates great ripple effects throughout the community. Often a student's parents and siblings get involved, sharing the training on weekends, making simple changes to their diets, and completing the 5K.
In 2003, Physician Assistant Robin Lindsay developed the GO FAR (Go Out For A Run) running program/fitness curriculum. At work, Lindsay was evaluating young adults who were overweight and already showing early signs and symptoms of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems and depression.
“I felt compelled to try and help, even if it was in just a small way” says Lindsay. A runner who had recently trained to run her first marathon, she decided to teach children about exercise and healthy eating. She knew that reaching children at an earlier age was the key to developing and maintaining good habits throughout childhood and into adulthood.
Lindsay began GO FAR in one High Point, NC, school with 16 children. Thirteen years later, the program has grown to reach more than 10,000 children annually. GO FAR programs are found in elementary and middle schools and many after-school programs throughout North Carolina and reaching into California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, and Virginia.
Why is the program so successful? “We thought we'd just reach kids,” Lindsay says. “But we've seen whole families join in, becoming runners and changing their diets. We've seen teachers who, inspired by their students, have changed their lives by losing extra weight and starting to exercise.
“Also, you don’t have to be a super-star athlete to run,” Lindsay adds. GO FAR touches the kids who might not make early travel teams, think of themselves as athletes, or have the resources to play other sports. “All you need to run is a good pair of running shoes.”
WHY WE NEED GO FAR
Obesity affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States — triple the rate from just one generation ago, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
- Obesity results in surging healthcare costs. Studies estimate the cost of our nation's obesity epidemic at more than $147 billion annually
- 40% of obese children and 70% of obese adolescents become obese adults
- Obesity-related diseases and complications such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, cancer may shorten our children’s lives by as much as 5 years
2016-2017 GO FAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Courtney Best, Chairman
- Wes Cashwell, Vice Chair/Chair Elect
- Ricky Evans, Secretary
- Ron Hales
- Jason Horay
- Samatha Klemme
- Robin Lindsay, Immediate Past Chair & GO FAR Founder
- Lynn Montgomery
- Loren Norris
- Marlee Rindal, Treasurer
- Adam Schwartz
- Mickey Walker
- Ashley Davis Williams
FRIENDS OF GO FAR:
- Don Davenport
- Jim Dunham, Retired Business Professor High Point University
- David Haynes
- David Hammer, SPHR, The Davidson Group, Inc.
- Wayne Robinson, Senior Pastor New Millennium Christian Center, Former NBA player
- Karen Shaw
- Terry B. Stanaland, Attorney at Law, Teague Rotenstreich, Stanaland, Fox and Holt, P.L.L.C