MANNM ​Diabetes 1 mile/ 3.2 mile Walk/Run Saturday

MANNM News:

Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico (MANNM), ​http://www.mannm.com/​, invites all members of the public to join in its second ​Diabetes 1 mile/ 3.2 mile Walk/Run.

The event is at ​9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Rover Park in White Rock​ to raise awareness for Diabetes while supporting two great causes – the ADA Camp 180 New Mexico program for kids with type 1 Diabetes and Self Help, Inc, ​http://selfhelpla.org​ as they celebrate their 50th year supporting people in need in Northern New Mexico

The ADA reports:

  • 1 in 11 Americans has diabetes today;
  • Every 23 seconds someone in America is diagnosed with diabetes; and
  • More than 18,000 youth are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Type 2 diabetes, which occurs more commonly in adults, is where the pancreas produces insulin, however this is either not enough or the body develops resistance to it leading to a shortage of the hormone in the cells. Genetics and lifestyle play a big part in the development of this condition.

“Lifestyle modifications play a big role in the management of the disease. This includes paying attention to nutrition and making exercise a habit,” MANNM Endocrinologist Dr. Garimella said. “I see several people who take this to heart and come back with great glucose numbers proving that it really does work. We hope that the event motivates people to come out and get moving to support their own health as well as contribute to two worthy causes.”

Last year the event raised $1,990 with money disbursed equally between the ADA Camp 180 NM program for kids and the Los Alamos Auxiliary Fire Brigade http://laafb.wikidot.com/capabilities​​ as part of giving back to the community. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Camp Challenge generously matched the donation for the diabetes camp doubling the amount donated.

“We hope this year will be even bigger and better,” said Tonya Sprouse-Mullins, one of the chief organizers of the event. As part of the festivities the ​Los Alamos Co-op,​ ​http://losalamos.coop/​ ​will once again showcase healthy snacks and drinks available at their store to show that healthy eating choices are available locally and easily accessible.

Registration forms can be printed from​ ​http://www.mannm.com/​. Completed registration forms with entry fee can be dropped off at the Walk in clinic or mailed to MANNM c/o Tonya Sprouse-Mullins, 3917 West Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Online registration is available at ​http://buytickets.at/mannmdiabetes.

Same day registration starts at 8 a.m., Oct. 5. Swag bags will be given to the first 110 participants.

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