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Walk for obesity in Overtown to be held Saturday

Erick Johnson | 4/24/2014, 9 a.m.

The James Wilson Bridges, M.D. Medical Society (JWBMS) is sponsoring its annual “Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk a Mile with a Child” event in historic Overtown on Sat., May 3 from 9:30 a.m – 1 p.m. The event will involve both children and adults in a one-mile walk which will be on a clearly delineated and easily accessible route, followed by a health fair.

The walk will begin at Gibson Park, (401 NW 12 St.) and will pass historic sites in Overtown, including The Lyric Theatre, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Greater Bethel AME Baptist Church.

With two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese and 60 percent of Florida’s overweight children have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, it’s time to act. To address this epidemic the “Dr. Nelson L. Adams Walk a Mile with a Child” is aimed at raising awareness about childhood obesity.

 “The Walk” encourages adults to serve as mentors by walking with the children and adolescents, while at the same time learning about the history of Overtown. It also raises funds for the James Wilson Bridges, MD. Medical Society’s (JWBMS) science and health education programs. The JWBMS is the local arm of the National Medical Association.

 New statistics show obesity rates rising despite efforts to change eating habits in school cafeterias and vending machines.

“Even with all the focus on foods and changes in schools, people’s habits at home have not changed. They are not getting as much activity and exercise. With the health fair, we will get people to recognize the problems causing obesity,” said Carol Henley, a spokesperson for the event.

All adults accompanying the children must pay $25 and children are free. Last year, there were over 300 participants from the medical, legal and other professions. In addition to promoting healthy habits, the event gives organizations an opportunity to market their brand to our community and for non-profits to possibly receive donations for use on a program or event that promotes physical activity or healthy habits. There are varying sponsorship levels available that will accommodate all. One of the major sponsors of the event is Sunshine State Health Plan.

 Organizations and or individuals interested in registering for the event can go to the JWBMS website (www.jwbms.org) and pay online or contact Dr. Cheryl Holder for additional information at emailnmajwbms@gmail.com or call 954-483-7685.