Mum’s Day Run

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE -

Brekky in bed won’t be a fea­ture of this Sun­day morn­ing for many Manawatu mums. In­stead, they’ll be pound­ing it out along the bri­dle path.

The Jen­nian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk starts from Manawaroa Park at 9am and fol­lows a 5-kilo­me­tre route. Last year 350 took part in Palmer­ston North, join­ing 7000 par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tion­ally.

Held in con­junc­tion with the Heart Foun­da­tion’s na­tion­wide ‘Go Red for Women’ cam­paign, the event aims to raise aware­ness of heart dis­ease in a cam­paign to im­prove the heart health of New Zealand fe­males.

Stats from the Heart Foun­da­tion re­veal that more than 50 women each week in this coun­try suc­cumb to heart dis­ease, with the dis­ease the sin­gle big­gest killer of women.

‘‘Heart dis­ease is of­ten thought to be a male prob­lem, but it’s the num­ber-one killer of women both in New Zealand and glob­ally,’’ says the Heart Foun­da­tion’s med­i­cal di­rec­tor, Gerry Devlin. ‘‘In fact, Kiwi women are four times more likely to die of heart dis­ease than breast can­cer.’’

Women are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble dur­ing menopause as blood pres­sure and choles­terol lev­els can in­crease while fat dis­tri­bu­tion can change. Man­ag­ing weight, choles­terol, blood pres­sure and not smok­ing all help re­duce the risk.

Jen­nian Homes will be giv­ing $20,000 to the na­tional ‘Go Red for Women’ cam­paign.

‘‘Com­mu­nity well­ness and the health of all New Zealan­ders is im­por­tant to us and we are proud to sup­port the Heart Foun­da­tion’s ‘Go Red for Women’ cam­paign and the Jen­nian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk,’’ says Jen­nian Homes Manawatu’s Tar­sha Isles.

‘‘It is a great event and a fun way to spend Mother’s Day, and we en­cour­age as many women as pos­si­ble in Palmer­ston North to show sup­port for women’s heart health.’’

Jen­nian Homes Manawatu fran­chise owner Car­men Wi­neera says they are hop­ing as many as 500 peo­ple could turn out for the event.

On-line en­trants also got to nom­i­nate a lo­cal pri­mary school to win $2500 of Rebel Sport vouch­ers to pro­mote ex­er­cise and healthy hearts to to pupils.

On­line reg­is­tra­tions closed yes­ter­day.

PHOTO: BRENDA WORMGOOR/SUP­PLIED

Par­tic­i­pants in last year’s Jen­nian Homes Mother’s Day ‘Go Red for Women’ Fun Run/Walk.

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