Polar Dash Moving to Meriter Monona Clinic

Originally posted on Channel 3000′s Monona/Cottage Grove community website.

A winter footrace for youngsters will be held later this month to encourage families to get out of hibernation and involved in wintery activities.

Physicians Plus Insurance and Meriter are holding the sixth annual Polar Dash in Monona on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.-noon.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16.6 percent of Wisconsin children ages 2-5 are obese and 9.3 percent of adolescents in Wisconsin grades 9-12 are obese. Scott Shoemaker, director of communications for Physicians Plus Insurance, said finding outdoor activities during the winter months is important in staying active.

“We want to show kids and families that exercise can be fun and that winter activities can be enjoyed by the whole family,” Shoemaker said.

During the race, children will pull a plush polar bear on a sled on one of two courses; one course for younger kids and a faster course for older participants. Families will also be able warm up inside the clinic with fun treats and other activities, including an obstacle course with the YMCA of Dane County.

The event is part of Meriter’s “GO! Get Out” campaign, which encourages kids and their families to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Race organizers said the Polar Dash is a popular event enjoyed by hundreds of children each year.  Participants are encouraged complete a registration form in advance by visiting pplusic.com.

The GO! Get Out campaign was started by Physicians Plus in 2005 to encourage families to have more active lifestyles.

Meriter Monona is at 6408 Copps Ave.

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