GO FAR (Go Out For A Run)® is an eight to 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 children healthy habits that can be sustained throughout their lives.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, GO FAR provides an easy way for teachers, coaches and/or parents to create running clubs in their schools and communities. The flexible, turn-key curricula can be offered in the classroom, during a summer camp, or as an after-school program. GO FAR provides training and ongoing support to clubs each step of the way. Start a club 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 into 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 a ripple effect in schools and communities when children motivate their teachers, parents and siblings to get involved.
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 8,000 children annually. GO FAR programs are found in elementary and middle schools and many after-school programs throughout North Carolina and nationwide.
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 reaches 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 and a good attitude.”
WHY WE NEED GO FAR
In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from 2015-2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 school age children and young people (6-19 years) in the U.S. has obesity. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
GO FAR helps children build competence and confidence to make good choices and lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle they can carry into adulthood.
2018-2019 GO FAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Ron Hales, Chairman
Mickey Walker, Vice-Chair
Samantha Klemme, Treasurer
Phil McNeill, Secretary
Wes Cashwell, Immediate-past Chair
Lt. Curtis Cheeks, III
Dr. Jolene Henning
- Lauren Norris