Today I told over 100 kids (grades 2-4) about a running club we’re (Wayne State medical students) starting next fall.
Because let’s face it. Detroit is fat. Michigan is one of the fattest states in the country, and Detroit is probably one of the main contributors to that stat. If a teenager is obese, there is a 96% chance he will be obese as an adult.
So we act. I’ve started a student org called “RunDetroit,” and a group of med students will be going to this Detroit Public School every week, and running side by side the youth of Detroit – providing a safe and fun environment for exercise and mentorship.
Why? Because I love to run, and decided it was time to put that passion into service. Because there is a need – to fight obesity, and to start mentoring relationships with the kids of Detroit, so that they can start believing in themselves, and stop the viscous cycles of drugs, alcohol, and crime.
Because we are called to help.