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Stepping Out Against Childhood Obesity: Spring Scramble 5K Helps to Slim Down Alabama's Youth

BIRMINGHAM- According to recent statistics, as much as 32 percent of Alabama’s youth are considered obese. On Saturday, May 16, money raised at the ninth-annual Spring Scramble 5K will benefit the Healthy Active Living for Families Initiative at Children’s of Alabama.  The initiative aims to provide resources for healthy living to patients and is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Hosted by the UAB pediatric residents, the race is also being held to educate and inspire good lifestyle choices for all our communities’ youngsters.

The event is open to the public and registration is $20 for all UAB or Children’s employees and $25 for the general public. All students under 12 years old race for free. The registration fee includes a T-shirt and goodie bag. Preregistration is required and can be made by visiting  

The 5K begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Fun Run at 6:30 p.m. at Brookwood Village, (780 Brookwood Village, Birmingham) outside the Belk department store entrance and will continue down Lakeshore Trail in Homewood. Complimentary parking is available at Brookwood Village. This year’s event will also include prizes, live music and food trucks.

Individual awards will be given for the 5k format only. Awards will be given for the 1st and 2nd place male and female in each age group. Awards will also be given to the overall male and female top finishers (1st, 2nd and 3rd place). Runners must be present to collect their prizes.

About the Healthy Active Living Initiative:

The Healthy Active Living Initiative is a national program sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The goal of the program is to ensure that children with obesity or at risk for obesity are educated early and often on ways to improve their overall health. 

 About Children’s of Alabama:
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 659,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 45 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at