Runners, walkers get moving to promote childhood wellness

September 25, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION |
  • A pack of runners starts the 5K run and walk Sunday morning at the Review & Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — U.S. Rep Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., tried to put things in perspective Sunday regarding the push for Americans to get more active.

“I couldn’t imagine when I was a kid growing up during the Depression that you would need to run to get exercise. We had enough exercise to keep food on the table, didn’t we?” Bartlett said.

The quote from Bartlett — emailed to The Herald-Mail Co. by a Review and Herald Publishing Association official — came as 132 people gathered Sunday for a 5K run and walk on the grounds of the publishing operation.

With nearly one in three children in America being overweight or obese, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America joined about 50 other faith and community organizations to launch Adventists InStep for Life.

As part of the focus on exercise, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America set aside Sunday as “Let’s Move! Day,” according to a news release from the church.

Events to celebrate the day were scheduled in states across the U.S. The local 5K run and walk got under way Sunday morning at the Review and Herald Publishing Association, which publishes Seventh-Day Adventist literature.

The overall male winner in the race was Dennis Coleman of Gaithersburg, Md., who finished the event in 20:27, according to Kim Peckham, event spokesman.

The overall female winner was Chelsea Githens-Brewer of Hagerstown, who finished the race in 24:45, Peckham said.

Let’s Move! Day also supported first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, aimed at preventing childhood obesity and related complications like diabetes and hypertension, Peckham said.

Judy Palfrey, executive director of Obama’s program, was among the dignitaries in Hagerstown Sunday to help launch the run, Peckham said.

Runners paid a $25 entry fee, and those 16 and younger paid $15. The money helped support a charity to get books to children in developing countries, Peckham said.

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