The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Las Vegas Fun Run raced around the
Henderson Pavilion today. UnitedHealthcare mascot "Dr. Health E. Hound"
helped kick-off the 1-mile course aimed to help stem the rising tide of
childhood obesity through exercise and healthy lifestyles.
UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound greets young athletes at the finish line as they complete the UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Las Vegas Fun Run Race. (Photo: Business Wire)
UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring 10 IRONKIDS events - nine running races
and a triathlon - in seven states. Today's Fun Run included hundreds of
young "triathletes to be", ages 3 to 15. The company provided
complimentary tickets to the race and weekend-long IRONMAN activities to
the YMCA, enabling children who often face barriers to good health, to
compete in the event.
Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times
more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for
diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America's Health
Rankings®, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation's health on
a state-by-state basis. Nevada ranks 7th in the country with
24.5% of adults estimated to be obese.