A Movement Dedicated to Movement

Healthy Lifestyle for Youth (HLFY) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides students from disadvantaged communities with brand new running shoes and a running program (Shoes that Inspire) that teaches them not only how to improve their physical fitness, but also how to cultivate self-confidence, discipline, perseverance, and other social-emotional skills that will empower them in their future endeavors.

Founded in 2016 by then 15-year-old Grace Lu, a dedicated runner who knows firsthand the physical and mental health benefits of fitness, Healthy Lifestyle for Youth and Shoes that Inspire has shown that a pair of new running shoes means more than just a pair of new running shoes for a child in need—it represents new hope and brings immense happiness into these kids’ lives, and for that reason, we are committed to making a difference.


Our vision is that every kid will one day have not only a new pair of running shoes to call their own, but also possess the self-confidence and social emotional skills to succeed later in life. 


We Are On A Mission To Get Kids Moving

Our mission, through the gift of new running shoes, is to ensure all children have the means and inspiration to get on track to leading healthy, happy, productive lives through running.

Our main program, 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 at least thirty minutes every day to run, jog or walk, at their own pace, alongside their classmates and teachers, making them fitter, healthier, and more confident in the process. The program collaborates closely with corporate sponsors and schools 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.


We believe that new running shoes improve the quality of life for kids and their communities through:

  • Physical fitness
  • Health
  • Self-confidence
  • Community
  • Education

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