“Run with the General” Events Promote Physical Activity
Mission: Readiness hosts fun runs that encourage America’s youth to get fit
Obesity is the leading medical reason why 71 percent of young Americans cannot join the military, and seven out of 10 youths nationwide are not getting the 60 minutes of daily physical activity recommended by health experts. The best approach to prevent obesity is to increase exercise and eat a proper diet.
Since there’s no better way than to lead than by example, a group of retired generals led a “Run with the General” at two major health conferences.
In May 2016, retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Generals Mick Bednarek and Michael Linnington led a 3.5 mile “Run With The General” during the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, DC. This national summit focused on tangible solutions to ensure every child grows up at a healthy weight.
In November 2015, Major General Augustus L. (Leon) Collins, Adjutant General of Mississippi, led a 5K “Run With The General” during the Southern Obesity Summit, which is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the country, drawing participants from 16 Southern states.