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Scottsdale Nonprofit Hosts Shape-Up Event for Kids and Families

Thousands of Valley kids and families will enjoy a host of carnival activities, sports clinics, music and more at the Shape Up US Carnival on March 29 and 30 at WestWorld in Scottsdale. The event is hosted by Shape Up US, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicating to fighting childhood obesity.

The Carnival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It will feature a rock climbing wall, kids’ sports clinics, carnival rides, bounce houses, face painting, family entertainment and numerous other activities. Event planners expect more than 10,000 people during the two-day event.

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” said Jyl Steinback, founder and executive director, Shape Up US. “We must reverse this trend through awareness, education and action. The Carnival gives kids and families an opportunity to be active and feel great while having an absolute blast.”

Like the Carnival, Shape Up US hosts events and expos throughout the year to provide fun and engaging opportunities for kids and families to get fit. In addition, the organization is working with schools across the country to implement Hip Hop Healthy Heart for Children™, an innovative, multidisciplinary K-6 education curriculum that brings art, music and physical education back into the classroom. The program includes eight web-based, on-demand modules that help teachers motivate their students to live healthy, active, balanced lives.

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Neon Night Envy Run kicks off Scottsdale Super Expo

Racers across greater Phoenix will run, dance and party in the dark during the Night Envy Neon Run on Nov. 1, all while benefiting Shape Up US, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicated to fighting obesity.

The 5K run, which starts at 6 p.m., takes place at Westworld of Scottsdale as the kick-off event of the Scottsdale SUPER EXPO. The high-energy race will feature five color zones full of black lights, loud music, neon paint cannons, and dozens of obstacles. Racers are invited to an 80s-themed after party following to continue the fun late into the night.

“It’s a great time for adults and families who want to get out and have a blast,” said Priscilla Barney, owner of B Extreme events, the organization producing the race. “No one can resist the explosion of neon paint and the glow of black lights, but the race also provides a fun way to exercise and feel great while raising money for a very important Phoenix nonprofit.”

Shape Up US will receive a percentage of proceeds when racers register online with promo code SHAPEUPUS. The organization is committed to building a healthy future for America’s children by improving the health, fitness and overall wellbeing of youth and their families.

Funds from the Night Envy Neon Run have been earmarked for Shape Up US’ Hip Hop Healthy Heart for Children™, an innovative, engaging education curriculum that helps teachers motivate their students to live healthy, active, balanced lives.

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years,” said Jyl Steinback, executive director, Shape Up US. “We must reverse this trend through awareness, education and action. The Night Envy Neon Run goes a long way in supporting our efforts, as it raises funds for Shape Up US while also giving people an opportunity to shape up themselves.”

Registration for the Night Envy Neon Run is $30 with promo code SHAPEUPUS . The fee includes participation in the Run, a race T-shirt, bib number, swag bag, and entrance to the after-party. For more information or to register for the Night Envy Neon Run, visit nightnv.com.