Logan Kroczaleski's love of running grew out of the Feelin' Good ® Mileage Club ®. Now, the 12-year-old looks forward to one day joining the Grand Ledge High School track and field team and has found a healthy activity for a lifetime. Here's what his mother, Patty Tarr, has to say about Logan's experience:
"Logan was participating in the Mileage Club ® at Delta Center Elementary School a couple years ago and loved the challenges of reaching the different mileage goals. Our Grand Ledge High School track and field team came to encourage the kids and one of the guys ran with Logan and told him to try the Michigan Mile event. I signed him up and he ran it and loved it! … We had tried many sports in the past and there was not huge interest in them. But Mileage Club ® changed that. … Not only has this program impacted Logan it has flowed over to my life also. We run together and have a great time of connecting with each other. It is absolutely incredible!! Mileage Club ® has been a positive and rewarding experience for our entire family. I am so grateful for this program and what it offers the kids!!”
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The students at Greater Lansing Islamic School in East Lansing enjoy the camaraderie that comes from encouraging each other to reach their mileage goals. Here's what Mileage Club ® coordinator Mellisa Reed says about her students:
"The Feelin' Good ® Mileage Club ® is such a positive and encouraging program. I've seen so many students who don't typically run or walk go out and push themselves to do better every day. I also love the encouragement I hear from students as they cheer each other on as they are running."
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Students who become more physically fit also do better in the classroom, says coordinator Lorie Brace of Mount Hope Elementary School in Lansing:
"Students participated and encouraged each other to reach their goals. It was great to see their stamina improve during the program not only physically but I also noticed increased focus in the classroom."
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Mandy Springer of Kendon Elementary in Lansing has seen firsthand how the Feelin' Good ® Mileage Club ® encourages teamwork:
"This is a great way to foster teamwork when exercising. We had kids helping and encouraging other students as they walked. There were even kids clapping and cheering as they ran the last lap for their water bottle."
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The Feelin' Good ® Mileage Club ® is a great way that Sparrow is working to improve health in the mid-Michigan region, said Peggy Kuhr of St. Mary Catholic School in Williamston:
"I think it is a positive sign for our community that Sparrow, a major health provider in our community, is offering a heart healthy program for our children."
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