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Sixth Annual Polar Dash


Jan 19, 2013
10:00 AM until 12:00 PM


Sixth Annual Polar Dash

Sixth Annual Polar Dash Encourages Kids and Families To Get Active

Physicians Plus Insurance and Meriter are holding the sixth annual Polar Dash to help fight childhood obesity and encourage active families.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 16.6% of Wisconsin children ages 2 years to 5 years are obese and 9.3% of adolescents in Wisconsin grades 9 through 12 are obese.

To help combat obesity and show children that exercise can be fun, Physicians Plus and Meriter will be holding the sixth annual Polar Dash on Saturday, January 19 at the clinic and grounds of Meriter Monona from 10am-12pm.  The event is part of the GO! Get Out Campaign, which encourages kids and their families to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle.

“Obesity is a growing problem for children across the country and in Wisconsin,” said Scott Shoemaker, director of communications and community relations for Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation.  “We want to show kids and families that exercise can be fun and that winter activities can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

There will be two racecourses for children to run around pulling a plush polar bear on a sled through the snow: one course for younger kids and a faster course for older participants. Families will also be able warm up inside the clinic with fun treats and other activities.

The Polar Dash is a very popular event enjoyed by hundreds of children each year.  Participants are encouraged to print and complete registration in advance by visiting

The GO! Get Out Campaign was started by Physicians Plus in 2005 as a way to encourage families and children to lead more healthy and active lifestyles. The campaign provides families with fun, health-focused events and gives incentives to combat the increasing rate of childhood obesity.

About Physicians Plus

Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin, is a nationally recognized managed care organization focused on providing high-quality, innovative products and services that help improve the health of its members and the community. Physicians Plus provides access to primary, specialty and hospital care through the area’s broadest network of more than 3,400 caring doctors and other health professionals in 20 counties. Founded in 1986 and owned by Meriter Health Services and local doctors, Physicians Plus provides health insurance to over 105,000 members in South Central Wisconsin.

About Meriter

Meriter is an innovative health care organization comprised of Meriter Hospital, Meriter Clinics and the physicians of Meriter Medical Group.  As part of Meriter's mission to serve our community, we currently offer 8 primary clinics located throughout the Greater Madison area. Most of our clinics offer convenient same-day appointments and extended hours. Meriter accepts Physicians Plus as well as many other insurance companies. Don’t have a Meriter doctor? Meet one now at

Cost $Free

Meriter Monona Clinic
6408 Copps Avenue
Monona, WI
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Additional Information

For more information:

Physicians Plus Insurance

Telephone: 608-282-8900


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