500+ Support 2nd Annual Walk/Run
The Center for African-American Health held the second annual Destination Health 5K Walk/Run and Health Expo on Saturday, July 28 in Denver's City Park.
The event raised more than $35,000 for the Center and its programs to alleviate the health disparities facing African Americans. The Center provides free health screenings for many of the diseases, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, that disproportionately affect African Americans, as well as offers culturally specific health education materials, and health education workshops and classes.
More than 500 people participated in this year's Destination Health, and over 50 volunteers helped at the event.
"Destination Health is an excellent opportunity for the Center for African-American Health to promote healthy living for African Americans in metro Denver," said Grant Jones, founder and executive director. "We can all do a better job of treasuring our health by making healthy activities a top priority in our lives."
With more than 30 exhibitors on hand, participants also had the opportunity to learn about healthy choices and receive educational information from a variety of non-profit organizations. Center for African-American Health board member Brother Jeff Fard said, "This event is an example that says African Americans can come out in mass and change a norm by getting up, getting active, moving around and being healthy."
On hand to start the race were the Destination Health co-chairs, former Denver Bronco Haven Moses, and DPS board member Happy Haynes. "We're trying to create a better appreciation in community of how important our health is," said Moses, "and to support one another in living a healthy lifestyle so we can be around a lot longer."
Plan to participate in next year's Destination Health 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, July 27th.