Enhancing fitness and providing positive role models is beneficial to student success. Running Forward is a program at six Title I elementary schools in the Salt Lake City School District offered by student volunteers from the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center.
Running Forward focuses on the needs of at-risk youth in fourth through sixth grades. The twenty-five week program encourages physical fitness and builds self-esteem through seeing steady personal improvement. It also teaches the role of diet and nutrition in avoiding obesity, diabetes, and other diseases. Each week a workshop is given related to leadership skills, goal setting, good character, or maintaining a positive outlook.
Running Forward’s training builds skills and a sense of achievement. Confidence grows, making it easier for students to resist negative social influences. Participants gain an appreciation of fellow runners, build friendships at school, and contribute to a sense of community.
SelectHealth recognizes the personal growth opportunities provided by the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center as another example of how Utah Gives Back.