A Movement Dedicated to Movement

Started by Kids, for Kids

Healthy Lifestyle for Youth (HLFY) was founded in 2016 by then 15-year-old Grace Lu, a dedicated runner who knows firsthand the physical and mental health benefits of fitness. What began as a venture to create a line of motivational running jewelry (My Favorite Run) became a full-fledged 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that serves her local Bay Area community by sponsoring free fitness activities and clubs and ensures any kid with the drive also has the gear (free running shoes) to get on the road to a healthy, happy, productive life. HLFY is going to be the game changer in our country’s fight against childhood obesity.


Our goal is to ensure all children have the means and inspiration to get on track to leading healthy, happy, productive lives through running.

The Shoes That Inspire is a running/walking program that gives children the opportunity to exercise each day at school. It’s simple and free and gets children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run, jog or walk, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier, and smarter. The program also partners with school to provide new running shoes to kids in need. At the end of each year’s program, we organize a 5K race to celebrate the students’ success, where they receive their new running shoes, medals and certificates.

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