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September 17, 2009

Melinda Masden Walk/Run Health Fair October 3

Heart Disease remains the number one killer in Scotland County. A staggering 50% of all Americans have elevated cholesterol, which is a direct contributor to cardiovascular disease, which can lead to strokes or heart attacks.

No longer is it attacking just the elderly. Obesity in our children can lead to elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, joint problems. Type II diabetes, gallbladder disease, asthma, depression and anxiety. Of overweight 5 to 10 year olds 61% have at least one risk factor for heat disease. It is imperative that we learn how to live healthy lifestyles to ensure seeing our children grow into active, productive and healthy adults.

Come act against it by walking with us. Come learn how to fight against it by participating in the 3rd Annual Melinda Masden Memorial Walk/Run and Health Fair on October 3, 2009. You can choose to participate in a 4+ or 1.25 mile walk/run that will meet at the Gorin School at 8:15 a.m. to be bussed to the starting line.

The Health Fair will offer sessions of “Healthy Children’s Snacks” by Helene Tobler, “Aerobics” by Brenna Cook and “Heart Disease and Diabetes Prevention” presenter to be announced. The Health Fair will start at 9:45 a.m. and include booths and activities provided by Scotland County Extension Office, Scotland County Memorial Hospital, Scotland County Health Department, Scotland County Nursing Home, Healthy Women and Seniors Plus, Brenna Cook Exercise Science and more.

With the knowledge and the right tools people can learn how to make healthy choices. This can continue to be part of Melinda’s legacy. Even if you can’t join in the walk please come and learn at the health fair. Suggested donation is $15 per walker but family participation is encouraged suggesting a family donation per your discretion.

The T-shirts are $10 additional. The registration forms can be picked up at “J’s”, Mona’s Studio, Pamida and Scotland County Health Department. The forms can be dropped off at Gorin School, PT department at SCMH, Mona’s Studio or mailed to 428 South Market St., Memphis, MO 63555. Please register by September 28th for a T-Shirt or at the door.

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