USM hosts BCBS “Get Ready to Run” event

600 Pine Belt-area kids, ages K-5th grade, took part in the 2nd annual One-Mile Fun Run, which is part of the “Get Ready to Run” program.

USM hosts BCBS “Get Ready to Run” event
5th grade students begin their part of the Kids' One-Mile Fun Run at Southern Miss Saturday morning.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -Hundreds of children ran across the Southern Miss campus this morning to celebrate their participation in a statewide exercise program.

600 Pine Belt-area kids, ages K-5th grade, took part in the 2nd annual One-Mile Fun Run, which is part of the “Get Ready to Run” program.

That’s sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.

The program provides a free curriculum of fitness and nutrition tips for schools to use in P.E. programs.

“The kids love it, they know it’s a program for them, it’s just for kids,” said Karin Harvison, P.E. teacher for Purvis Lower Elementary School.

“It definitely promotes healthy lifestyle habits,” said Donovan Tate, P.E. teacher for Woodley Elementary School in Hattiesburg. “We definitely want to invest those foundations into the children.”

“It teaches me to do things better than I did before, because I didn’t do it very good,” said Maria Posadan Vitervo, a 5th grader at Woodley Elementary School. “It’s fun for me to start having more fun with my family.”

Right now, more than 70,000 children across the state are involved in the “Get Ready to Run” program.

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