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5K Walk/Run Marks National Minority Health Month

Walkers step off in the 5K

Walkers step off in the inaugural 5K event hosted by NIMHD to celebrate National Minority Health Month.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Pérez-Stable speaks to the crowd

NIMHD director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable charges the crowd up.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Kilmarx speaks to the crowd

FIC deputy director Dr. Peter Kilmarx encourages the assembly.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Attendees warm up

Warmups and stretches put folks in the mood to move.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Lewis and Sampson run

Nichelle Lewis and Mark Sampson show NHLBI colors.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Four staffers pause for a photo

Four staffers from the NIH Executive Secretariat (from l) Marlyce Green, Michelle Whitfield, Shannon Wooldridge and Lisa Hurlebaus Marshall pause for a pic.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Three employees staff an info booth

The first Minority Health 5K was designed to raise awareness and offer information.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Participants walk and roll

5K participants walk and roll for minority health awareness.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

5K participants run

5K participants run for minority health awareness.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

A staffer gives information to participants

Information stations offer health tips.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

To celebrate National Minority Health Month, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities held its inaugural Minority Health 5K Walk/Run at NIH on Apr. 12. With more than 400 registered participants and a sunny day, the lawn in front of Bldg. 1 was packed with exercise enthusiasts. 

National Minority Health Month, celebrated in April every year, is an effort to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations. 

NIMHD director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable helped get the crowd charged up and provided insight about the need to promote minority health awareness. “We need you to be a part of this effort, to start conversations that can change your life and the lives of others,” he said. “It is our responsibility as members of the NIH family to create awareness of minority health disparities and help lead change.” 

Also on hand for the occasion was Radm. Peter Kilmarx, assistant surgeon general and deputy director of the Fogarty International Center. He shared news about the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities and encouraged attendees to participate in Take the Stairs, a Public Health Service officers’ campaign. 

The inaugural 5K walk/run, cosponsored by the Office of Research Services and R&W, helped renew NIH’s commitment to reducing health disparities. With a success in the books, NIMHD hopes to make the 5K an annual event. 

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