A Movement Dedicated to Movement

Started by Kids, for Kids

Healthy Lifestyle for Youth (HLFY) was founded in 2015 by then 13-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 Giving Kids the Drive to Live Healthier Lives.


Our mission is to ensure EVERY child in America has the opportunity to exercise on a daily basis.

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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