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    UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Michigan Fun Run Energizes Youth About Healthy Living Through “IRONMAN” Races

    UnitedHealthcare IronKids Michigan fun run at Jean Klock park in Benton Harbor, Michigan on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

    The inaugural UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Michigan Fun Run raced around Jean Klock Park Saturday. UnitedHealthcare mascot “Dr. Health E. Hound” helped kicked-off the 1-mile course aimed to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through exercise and healthy lifestyles.

    UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring 10 IRONKIDS events – nine running races and a triathlon – in seven states. The day’s Fun Run included hundreds of young “triathletes to be”, ages 3 to 15. The company provided complimentary tickets to the race and weekend-long IRONMAN activities to community organizations, enabling children who often face barriers to good health, to compete in the event.

    Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America’s Health Rankings(R), an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. Michigan ranks 24th in the country in childhood obesity, and 12.1% of youth are estimated to be obese.

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