Join us September 12th and 13th for a virtual run/walk to help ensure every baby celebrates their first birthday! The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition is hosting the Baby’s First Steps Virtual 5K to bring awareness to the importance of giving every baby a healthy start in life.
Register here with a donation or text START to 26989.
In 2019, 136 babies in Northeast Florida died before their first birthday, the equivalent of eight classes of kindergarteners. One in 10 babies was born too small or too early. The Healthy Start Coalition leads the community effort to reduce infant deaths and improve the health and wellbeing of babies and families in Northeast Florida. The virtual run/walk is a National Infant Mortality Awareness Month event.
Thank you to our sponsor, Ambetter from Sunshine Health!
How does the virtual run/walk work?
We’ll send you a virtual bib to print and wear prior to the event. On September 12th or 13th, choose any time to walk or run the 5K distance (3.1 miles). All ages and levels of walker/runner are welcome to participate!
Make sure to take pictures before, during and after and share it on social media! Tag us @nefhealthystart on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and use the hashtags #IMAwalker #IMArunner #IMA2020 #BabysFirstSteps.
We will also have special giveaways for registering, posting race photos and more!
How will my donation help babies celebrate their first birthday?
Your donation will help us provide:
- Education on healthy pregnancies, nutrition, breastfeeding, stress reduction, fatherhood, taking care of a baby and many other topics to support healthy moms, dads and babies.
- Safe sleep environments and education
- Much-needed supplies for babies like diapers and wipes
- Transportation and child care so families can participate in classes and education
- And more!
The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Donations to the Coalition are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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