Ready, Set, Go!

The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation (SDCMSF) hosted their 2nd Annual Solana Beach Sunset 5K Run/Walk to raise funds and awareness to support diabetes prevention for low-income, uninsured San Diegans. More than 600 participants came together to run, jog, and walk along the sand and the waves, ultimately raising more than $35,000 for the SDCMSF’s diabetes prevention program, Jump Start for Health.

The Jump Start for Health program is a collaboration with The Skinny Gene Project and incorporates the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Diabetes Prevention Program, along with mobile health coaching and connections to community resources that target pre-diabetic parents who are low-income and lack medical insurance. “Diabetes can be prevented by incorporating three habits into your life,” said SDCMSF Executive Director Barbara Mandel. “Today we focused on increasing physical activity and demonstrated healthy eating options. Not using tobacco is the third critical habit for a healthier life.”

In addition to implementing healthy activity, the Solana Beach Sunset 5K also offered a variety of health-related information for participants and visitors at their Health and Wellness Expo, which took place at Fletcher Cove Park. The expo provided free health screenings and access to agencies committed to providing education on how to maintain healthy lifestyles. In addition to the screenings and booths, visitors were treated to live music provided by the 706 Union Band. Food, drinks, and a kids zone were also available. After the race, awards were given to the top three male and female participants, as well as the top three youth participants. All Solana Beach Sunset 5K Run/Walk participants received medals and T-shirts. For more information visit www.sdcmsf.org.