KIDS FIT FOR LIFE
Healthy Lifestyle For Youth is a Movement Dedicated to Movement, Founded By Kids, For Kids
Healthy Lifestyle for Youth sprang from one girl’s passion for running. Over the past three years, our 16-year-old founder, Grace Lu, has worked tirelessly as a health advocate for children and teens. The mentally and physically demanding sport initially inspired her to design her own line of motivational running jewelry for a company she started with the help of family and friends when she was just 12-years-old called My Favorite Run. When sales started to grow, Grace decided to take the proceeds and start Healthy Lifestyle for Youth, 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 track to a healthy, happy, productive life.
HLFY has received both federal and local recognition (i.e. from the San Ramon Valley Education Fund and the Contra Costa Crisis Center). In addition, HLFY has supported and sponsored other beneficial national organizations (i.e. Free ME from Lung Cancer Save Your Breath 2016 5k Run/Walk, Association for Individual Development (AID) 5K Color Run, 2016 Chris Kyle Memorial Run) by donating pieces of inspirational running jewelry from My Favorite Run to be used as prizes.
Our goal is to ensure all children have the means and inspiration to get on track to leading healthy, happy, productive lives through exercise, better eating and positive thinking.
We believe that there are three stages to affecting positive change:
First, we recognize areas that are in need of our support. With the participation of our sponsors and the collaboration of our team, we work directly with schools and communities in need.
Secondly, we inform children and teenagers about the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle that includes physical and mental health and well-being. We educate and empower them to positively take charge of their lives.
Lastly, and most importantly, we inspire change. Not only do our programs encourage participants to become more active, we also enable them to cultivate self-confidence and self-esteem.
Here’s what we do.
Shoes That Inspire
We believe that a free pair of awesome running shoes gives a child in need the drive, confidence and means to get on track to a healthy, happy life. LEARN MORE
My Favorite Run
Running is as much a mental sport as it is physical. Our motivational jewelry gets you going, and all proceeds fund Shoes that Inspire and other HLFY programs. LEARN MORE