I'm running the 117th Boston Marathon to COMBAT CHILDHOOD OBESITY by supporting Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Right now, nearly 1/3 of American children are overweight or obese. That's 1 in 3! And one third of all children today will eventually suffer from diabetes. This makes obesity a greater national health problem than smoking.

So how can we change this? It's not easy. Today's families have less time together, kids have fewer opportunities to be physically active, and processed foods are more abundant than ever.

But there are ways we can help. We can teach our children to get active and to make healthy choices. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is one organization who is committed to combating obesity by educating girls about how to stay healthy and keep moving, through their "Girls Get Moving" health initiative. They recognize the importance of providing girls with the tools they need to maintain good physical and emotional health.

Every year, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offers quality indoor and outdoor programming to girls at 14 camp properties and through year-round program offerings. These programs educate girls on health, fitness and wellness in a variety of ways as they experiment with new sports and activities and keep moving all year long.

On April 15, 2013 I will run the 117th Boston Marathon on behalf of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts because we need to eliminate childhood obesity.

The First Lady, Michelle Obama has said that in order to end the epidemic of childhood obesity we ALL must play a role, from parents to elected officials, to schools and local community organizations. So, here is your opportunity to help.

Please donate whatever you can to ensure we educate our girls about the importance of being healthy and active.

All the funds I raise will go directly to supporting the Girl Scouts' "Get Moving Health Initiative".

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