Nutrition is important to Splash ‘n’ Dash teen honorary chair

Mother and daughter work together toward healthier life

Haven Ludwig is a busy girl. At 13, she is spending her summer at Girl Scout camp, playing league basketball and vacationing with her family — all things she loves to do.

But what may be different about Haven is that she is doing all of these activities to be healthier. About a year ago, Haven was concerned that perhaps she wasn’t eating as well as she should, and she had a talk with her mom, Christie. Together, they decided to become more educated on what a well-balanced, nutritional meal plan should look like.

The two enrolled in “Healthy Living Workshops: Growing a Happy, Healthy Family” through Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness. The six-week program is specifically designed to support families beginning and continuing their journey toward healthy living.

Healthy Living Workshops focus on
  • Goal setting for healthy habits
  • Healthy meal planning and preparation
  • Fun ways to stay active
  • Tools to positively reduce stress

“What I learned from the program has helped me focus on how to be healthier and happier,” Haven said. “I am making smart choices when it comes to the foods I eat and the drinks I choose. And I’ve learned the value of staying active.”

Perhaps even more exciting is that Haven and her mom, as well as Haven’s younger sister are all doing this together.

Splash ‘n’ Dash

A family-friendly way to support Norton Children’s. Splash, run and walk your way through the course.

“Having Mom join me in the classes was great,” Haven said. “She is a busy mom, I know that. So for her to be right there by my side tells me it is important and she wants me to be healthier.”

For all of her efforts in making her life healthier, Haven has been chosen as the 2017 honorary chair for the Norton Children’s Hospital Splash ‘n’ Dash 5k Walk/Run. She and her mother are training to participate in the event on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park.

“I’m excited to be part of Splash ‘n’ Dash,” Haven said. “It combines exercise with water obstacles!”

Norton Children’s Hospital Splash ‘n’ Dash 5k Walk/Run is a family-friendly fundraising event supporting the lifesaving care available at Norton Children’s. Runners and walkers can choose to splash their way through a 5k course or take part in a kid-friendly 1k course filled with fun and exciting splash zones.

Both teams and individuals can participate. The registration fee is $30 for adults and $15 for children age 17 and under. Registration for the 1k event is $20 for adults and $15 for children age 17 and under. To register and get started on your fundraising, go to