5K walk/ run aims to spread di­a­betes aware­ness

Event set for Nov. 3 at Well­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­ter

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Com­mu­nity mem­bers are be­ing en­cour­aged to get out and get ac­tive for Sun­set Com­mu­nity Health Cen­ter’s (SCHC) 5th an­nual “5K Walk/Run for Di­a­betes” event.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Town of Well­ton, SCHC will hold the event Nov. 3, with reg­is­tra­tion check-in start­ing at 8 a.m. and the walk/ run start­ing at 9 a.m. at the Well­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­ter lo­cated at 10234 Dome St. in Well­ton.

The main goal of the event is to pro­mote fit­ness and health as well as spread aware­ness of di­a­betes, SCHC of­fi­cials say. Di­a­betes is a dis­ease that oc­curs when blood glu­cose or blood sugar is too high. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion, in 2015 30.3 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, or 9.4 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, had di­a­betes.

“Our event is be­ing spon­sored by JVS Farms and JBS Five Rivers Cat­tle Feed­ing, which makes it pos­si­ble to pro­vide each par­tic­i­pant reg­is­tered by Oc­to­ber 20th with a free T-shirt, snacks and free health screen­ings,” of­fi­cials with the health cen­ter say. “This event is one of Sun­set’s ef­forts to en­cour­age life­style changes to en­hance the fam­ily’s well be­ing and im­prove their qual­ity of life. Sun­set prides it­self in be­ing able to of­fer this type of event for the com­mu­nity for the fifth year. We en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to come out and par­tic­i­pate by walk­ing or run­ning in aware­ness of di­a­betes and know­ing the im­por­tance of be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive to pre­vent or man­age di­a­betes.”

All walk­ers and strollers are wel­comed and en­cour­aged, they added.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (928) 782-8104.

To reg­is­ter by email, con­tact HJuarez@sun­set-chc. org or email JLopez@sun­set-chc.org.

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