Join Us for the Skinny Gene Strides for Prevention 5K & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run
In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, we will be hosting a family-centered, 5K! So, grab your family and friends (even the 4-legged ones), and join us for an event that celebrates the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
As a non-profit organization that specializes in prediabetes education, we believe it’s time to end the trend of type 2 diabetes in our communities. Let’s make it so that Prevention Runs in the Family!
There will be prizes and awards, medals for every child, and a free kids fun zone.
WHAT: 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run
WHEN: November 16, 2014
Registration is at 8:00 am, race begins at 9:00 am
WHY: Celebrating the Next Generation of Runners
HOW: Click to REGISTER!
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WHERE: Road Runner Sports
5553 Copley Dr
San Diego, CA 92111
* This is a family fun run with no chip timing and no street closures.
UNABLE TO RUN OR WALK? Please consider volunteering.
KIDS ARE KEY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TYPE 2 DIABETES
When we hear about the projected growth of type 2 diabetes in our country, childhood obesity is commonly listed as being an attributing factor to the problem, but kids can also be a big part of the solution.
Kids are very impressionable, which can be a good thing! They are constantly looking to their friends and parents (yes, your opinion still matters) for approval and affirmation. Imagine what would happen in our communities if kids talked to their peers about running, swimming, biking, or sports in general, more than technology, clothes, and zombies. What if living an active, healthy lifestyle was a core family value, in which family activity (at least once a week) was just as important as family dinner?
You see, fighting childhood obesity and ending the trend of type 2 diabetes in the family isn’t just about what we eat; it’s also about what we see. When children see their parents and friends ‘modeling’ these positive lifestyle behaviors (e.g. walking or running), the kids are more prone to being more active themselves. This why your active kid is key in the fight against type 2 diabetes.
With this idea in mind, and in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, the Skinny Gene Project is hosting Strides For Prevention– a 5k Run/Walk that encourages family fitness and celebrates a child’s choice to live a healthy lifestyle. We’re celebrating the next generation of runners that are taking strides for prevention!
IT’S ALL ABOUT AWARENESS & PREVENTION
Right now, 1 in 3 children (born after 2000) are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in their lifetime; a disease that can rob a child of up to 23 years of his/her life. One of the biggest factors in whether a child will experience life with or without diabetes, is family.
It is true that genetics play a significant role in the passing of diabetes from one generation to the next; however, being predisposed is not enough. A person’s lifestyle is the ultimate determining factor as to whether type 2 diabetes will be triggered or prevented.
The Skinny Gene Project is the only non-profit organization in San Diego County with a diabetes prevention program that is recognized by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Money raised from the race will be used to provide this prevention program to low-income, high-risk communities throughout San Diego County.
The Skinny Gene Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preventing type 2 diabetes. We help to educate those who are at-risk, empower them by providing personalized nutrition counseling, accountability and support, in order to prevent the progression of prediabetes into full-blown type 2 diabetes.