United Way Teams with Brevard Public Schools to Launch Run United
Studies show an increasing in children’s physical activity also increase their brain activity.
United Way in partnership with Brevard Public Schools’ has teamed up to develop Run United after viewing impressive results from existing models at other schools. Run United is a Community Service of United Way of Brevard, which funds up to $2,000 per school, to help implement a 20/30 minute before-school walking/running program that gives children the chance to start each day in an active way while enjoying fun, music and socialization. The program is supported by a system of rewards and keeps students highly motivated.
Exercise in the morning has proven children are often more focused and ready to learn. Studies clearly show children who are active every day, display improvement in memory retention, fitness, reaction time, problem-solving skills, creative thinking, positive moods and performance on standardized tests.
Currently $20,000 in funding supports the Run United initiative. Schools currently participating in Run United include:
Dr. WJ Creel Elementary
Oak Park Elementary
Palm Bay Elementary
Ralph Williams Elementary
South Lake Elementary