Running America

Ultra-athlete Charlie Engle’s run across America to advocate for youth fitness in partnership with United Way will begin in San Francisco on Saturday, September 13, and end in New York City on Monday, October 27. To cross the country in 45 days he’ll have to average 70 miles a day. Check out Charlie’s mission, “Running America,” and the route at the Running America page on LIVE

During the run, a film crew will be following Charlie and capturing his interactions with people who live united by fighting childhood obesity and promoting youth fitness.

Charlie is hoping that by the time he reaches his goal, at least 15,000 people will have run with him along the route. We’re hoping that many of those runners will be United Way donors, advocates and volunteers – living united on the road.

United Way: Working to Improve People’s Health

United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, financial stability and health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity among children has nearly doubled in the last decade. Alarmingly, more than 9 million children in the United States are either obese or overweight and studies show today’s children are not getting the necessary exercise and activity for effective weight management and good health.

A growing number of United Ways across the country are making great progress around the issues of childhood obesity and youth fitness with programs that help youth make positive nutritional and behavioral choices. Find out more about our health focus area.

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