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Upcoming family-friendly fitness events with Independent Health


With a focus on creating a culture of health, Independent Health and the Independent Health Foundation place a priority on supporting programs and initiatives geared toward improving the health and vitality of the Western New York community. By supporting prevention and fitness in the community, we hope that people will make positive lifestyle changes and reduce chronic illness - essential elements for improving the overall health status of our community and lowering health care costs.


Sat., June 7 will please runners and cyclists alike as the Independent Health Foundation hosts the 26th Annual Kids Run and Independent Health partners with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for the Tour de Cure cycling event. Consider participating in one of these fun and worthwhile events, and even encourage your co-workers to participate too.


Kids Run

The Kids Run is a popular Independent Health Foundation fitness event where families can participate in a free walk or run around Delaware Park and other fun physical activities that help to develop healthy habits at a young age. Last year, more than 4,500 people from across Western New York participated in the Kids Run.


This free family event, which will start at 9 a.m. on Sat., June 7 in Delaware Park outside of the Buffalo Zoo Zoofari Courtyard, includes a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8 mile run/walk. Enjoy free refreshments, snacks and awards (while supplies last). After the race, make a day of it at the Buffalo Zoo with $2 per person admission.


We encourage everyone to pre-register by Wed., May 21 in order to receive a race number and a timing chip. Register by visiting the Kids Run website or picking up a brochure at area Wegmans. Walk-up registration will be open from 9 - 9:30 a.m. in the Zoofari Courtyard on the day of the event; however, race numbers and chips will not be available for walk-up registrants.


Tour de Cure

For the sixth year, Independent Health is partnering with the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Tour de Cure cycling event. This year's event will also take place on Sat., June 7, 2014 at Niagara County Community College.


Tour de Cure supports the ADA's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. There is a route option for cyclists of all skill levels: 6, 16, 30, 62.5 and 100 miles. If you don't cycle, you can also support the event by volunteering.


The money raised funds research for a cure, information to help prevent diabetes, advocacy for those affected by diabetes and public awareness activities. To learn more about the Buffalo Tour de Cure, how to participate and more, visit the Buffalo Tour De Cure website.   

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