The Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to promote healthy living to Macomb County residents. Creating healthy lifestyles begins as a kid. Our aim is to get everyone healthy and living an active life. As part of the national Let's Move campaign (LINK) to combat childhood obesity in America the Let's Move Festival of Races was created as a premier running event which promotes physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. People of all ages are encouraged to participate.
The Macomb Health and Fitness Foundation has a Board which meets regularly, overseeing this event, the Macomb Health and Fitness Hall of Fame event and the promotion of living healthy lifestyles in Macomb County.
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Sure, this is an ambitious goal. But with your help, we can do it.
Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping children become more physically active.
At the launch of the initiative, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum creating the first-ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity to conduct a review of every single program and policy relating to child nutrition and physical activity and develop a national action plan to maximize federal resources and set concrete benchmarks toward the First Lady’s national goal. The Task Force recommendations focus on the five pillars of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative:
1. Creating a healthy start for children
2. Empowering parents and caregivers
3. Providing healthy food in schools
4. Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
5. Increasing physical activity
Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents and caregivers, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.
Proceeds from this event will be returned to the community through grants to civic and philanthropic organizations of Macomb County in support of healthy living education and physical fitness.
Runners travel from downtown Mount Clemens through residential area to Lake St. Clair Metropark returning to downtown Mount Clemens. They will loop around twice ending at the main finish line in downtown near the clock tower on Main Street. Click here to see map
Advanced runners and walkers will enjoy this Half Marathon course through downtown Mount Clemens, Harrison Township, around the Lake St. Clair coastline and back. Click here to see map
If you're not quite ready for a Half grab a partner and run as a team. This is perfect for those working toward a Half. Buses will transport the second leg to the Relay Exchange and pick up the first leg to bring them to the finish line. Each leg of the relay must register, however, one leg is considered the Team captain. Give yourself a Team Name and if you're the second leg you will join the team when you register. Click here to see map
Get off that couch and get ready for our 5K Run/Walk through Mount Clemens. All levels of participants are welcome and encouraged to participate. We will be starting at the Fire Station and will proceed southeast to Harper and then return back up Crocker Blvd. and back to downtown. Click here to see map.
Who doesn't like to take a walk along the river? This one mile walk takes participants on the boardwalk along Clinton River, ending in downtown Mount Clemens. Click here to see map.
Let's Move Festival of Races was created to bring awareness to the problem of childhood obesity. This race will introduce children to the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. Over several months leading up to the event children are encouraged to run a cumulative total of 25.2 miles - having this race be their last mile in a full marathon total. Kids will gather at the Mount Clemens High School starting on Church Street to south Gratiot, meeting up with the race finish in downtown Mount Clemens. This race is for participants under the age of 12. Click here to see map.