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Sodexo Reinforces Commitment to Childhood Health and Wellness through Support of Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run

October 30, 2019

Sodexo has co-sponsored the MCM Kids Run in support of the United States Marine Corps for over 16 years.

Gaithersburg, MD, October 30, 2019 –Sodexo joined forces with the United States Marine Corps last weekend in support of its annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Kids Run. This event, a one-mile just-for-fun run for kids age 5-12, is a lead-up activity to the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money.

The marathon brings together runners from all walks of life to participate in a patriotic race and a weekend of family-friendly activities. More than 3,600 kids participated in the MCM Kids Run this year, including students from Washington, D.C. metropolitan area schools that joined the run as part of the Healthy School Award challenge. The top five schools with the most registered student participants received the Healthy School Award, and equally share a $5,000 contribution to the schools' physical education departments from Sodexo, the challenge's sponsor.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the national recommendation is that children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years should have one hour or more of physical activity each day, but the President's Council on Fitness tells us that only one in three children are physically active every day.

"Sodexo sees an opportunity to fight childhood obesity by helping children to make healthier lifestyle choices, which is why we proudly support the MCM Kids Run and the Healthy School Award," explained Brett Ladd, CEO, Sodexo Government, North America.

As each child crossed the finish line, Sodexo provided a nutritious snack for the children to enjoy and then invited them to visit its activity tent. This popular post-race hangout featured a variety of activities focused on keeping kids' minds and bodies active, including:

  • Dance party with Xbox 360 interactive dance games
  • Refueling station, featuring bottled water & bananas
  • Health themed coloring sheets
  • Temporary tattoos & balloons
  • Kids fun table with healthy eating themed giveaways

With more than 40 years of experience working municipal, state, federal and military clients, Sodexo's Government segment and its nearly 3,000 employees improve the Quality of Life for the people it serves at 150 military and U.S. Federal Government locations in 26 states. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Sodexo provides a variety of integrated food and facilities management solutions and is the nation's largest federal foodservice contractor – serving 45.6 million meals annually with a focus on wellness and nutrition.

Contact

Enrico Dinges, Sodexo, 301-987-4393 or enrico.dinges@sodexo.com

Sodexo team members provided nutritious snack bags to over 3,600 participants completing the MCM Kids Run.

Sodexo team members provided nutritious snack bags to over 3,600 participants completing the MCM Kids Run.

 

 

Sodexo has co-sponsored the MCM Kids Run in support of the United States Marine Corps for over 16 years.

Sodexo has co-sponsored the MCM Kids Run in support of the United States Marine Corps for over 16 years.

 

 

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