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The Morning Mile comes to County's Summer camps

caines | 6/20/2013, 5:30 a.m.

University of Miamis track and field and cross country director, Amy Deem and Olympic hurdler Bershawn Jackson, lead hundreds of children from Miami-Dade Parks Fit2Play Summer Camps at the 2013 Morning Mile at Goulds Park. The Morning Mile, developed by Fitzness International and sponsored by AvMed Health Plans, is being expanded to all of Miami-Dade Parks 42 Fit2Play Summer Camps. Children begin their day with a morning run, jog or walk.For every five miles, they receive collectible necklace charms.Last year, campers logged over 26,000 miles. To further incentivize healthy and active living among children, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, with the help of the Miami Heats Tim Hardaway, will launch the 100 for 100 Challenge.For every child who runs 100 miles over the course of the summer as part of the Morning Mile program, $100 will be donated by local corporations to the Parks Foundations Fit2Play Scholarship Fund, and matched 100-percent. The Fit2Play Scholarship Fund provides disadvantaged children scholarships to attend Miami-Dade Parks after-school and summer camp programs at no cost. Its my hope that businesses in Miami-Dade will follow in the footsteps of AvMed Health Plans and support our communitys kids, said Dick Anderson, president of the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.The 100 for 100 Challenge is a great motivator for children and corporations alike. We are extremely proud to partner with Miami-Dade County and Fitzness International to sponsor a third year of the Morning Mile, said James M. Repp, AvMed senior vice president. With the addition of the University of Miamis Olympians its sure to inspire each of us to stay active and engaged in healthy activities. We are excited to participate in such a worthwhile event, said Deem. Health and fitness is so important for our young people and this event will give them an opportunity to interact with athletes who excel in a healthy lifestyle. Miami Times staff report