The Monumental Kids Movement is a nine week youth running program culminating with students running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 5k on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. The bi-weekly program focuses on educating Indianapolis youth about the benefits of exercise, proper diet and healthy living. Seventy-five percent attendance is required during the bi-weekly program for students to earn a free 5k race entry.
On March 17, 2014, students who took part in the Monumental Kids Movement gave their medals to patients at Riley Children's Hospital as part of the Medals4Mettle program.
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2015 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
In 2015, the Monumental Kids Movement has 31 participating schools. Those schools are...
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The 2014 Monumental Kids Movement saw a 15% growth of graduates. In just three years the IMM youth running program has grown from a pilot program at IPS Super School 19 to 31 participating schools in 2014. The inaugural program culminated with 150 students running the Monumental 5k.
Along with the successful growth in participation, the Monumental Kids Movement saw improvement in the students' aerobic capacity. The Fitnessgram PACER Test, a multi-stage running capacity test, was conducted on the students at the beginning and end of the program. A comparison of the results shows 12% increase of students in the Healthy Fitness Zone.
The Monumental Kids Movement also wants kids to establish healthy eating habits. A survey was conducted on over 680 students at the start and finish of the program. The results showed increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and a decrease in consumption of sodas. For those interested, click here to read the results of the survey. Also check out the performance progress report that includes letters from some of the participants.
In 2013 the Pre and Post Pacer Test for Monumental Kids Movement saw an 8.7% increase in Pacer Test scores in the Pre and Post test periods among over 1100 fourth through eighth grade students tested. Educational initiatives were also a success as the Pre and Post eating survey showed positive behavioral results; students reporting having consumed any "salad or green vegetable" the previous day increased from 57% to 75%, whereas students reporting eating fruit the previous day increased from 54% to 92%. Likewise, students indicating that they had consumed at least one dairy product the previous day increased from 76% to 84%.
The Monumental Kids Movement is a collaborative partnership with the following organizations;