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The Cheshire Half Marathon Foundation and Live to Excel invite children and runners to come to their inaugural interactive forum called Educate Your Heart, Brain and Body, to be held at the Cheshire Parks and Recreation Department, 559 South Main St., on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event focuses on providing a healthy-living education for children ages of 5–12 and the running community.
A number of local health professionals will be on hand to offer advice at the event. The general public can participate in health care screenings, educational activities, and a youth jump rope competition or learn about training for a half marathon. The event is broken down into two sections, Healthy Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle and Training Forum for the Long Distance Runner, each providing educational advice to be healthy and active for life.
Healthy Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle (children ages 5–12)
·Interactive educational activities with a pediatrician, youth development coach, pediatric physical therapist, pediatric dentist, and a nutritionist.
·Instructional jump rope clinic followed by a jump rope competition.
·Wellness care package give-aways.
Long Distance Running Forum
·Talk to an orthopaedic physician, physical therapist, nutritionist, and strength and conditioning coach about your training.
·Education on appropriate footwear, running technique, strength training and pain management.
·Learn how to go from a 5K to a half marathon.
The healthcare professionals scheduled to be at the event are:
Dr. Jeffery DeLott, DPM – Extensive experience in all aspects of foot and ankle care including trauma, diabetic wound care and limb salvage, bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, heel pain, sports medicine and foot surgery. Avid tri-athlete and marathon finisher with extensive knowledge in running mechanics.
Robin Copperthwaite, PT – Physical therapist with a focus in biomechanical positioning of the lower extremity, foot and ankle. Tri-athlete with an extensive background in endurance events.
Kirsten Albrecht MS, PT, CPI – Licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor. Direct focus in the alignment of the body to ensure proper functioning throughout movement. Extensive knowledge in children and adult postures.
Brian Hayes BS, CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Helps children become proficient in sports. Helps high school and college athletes improving their running mechanics and decreasing their running times.
Dr. David Feldman, DMD and Dr. Kelly Morrison, DMD – Specialize in orthodontic care and have extensive knowledge of dental hygiene serving both the pediatric and adult populations.
Generation UCAN – Provides a healthy energy powered by SuperStarch, a carbohydrate that improves the performance of elite athletes, provides everyday athletes with healthy nutrition for workouts, and even assists children with rare conditions.
A nutritionist and a pediatric physician will also be present to provide educational tips for children and the active adult.