Guest Speakers Engage Crowd at Minority Health 5K

Adams takes a selfie with 5K crowd

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams takes a selfie with 5K crowd.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Collins, Adams and Pérez-Stable smile into camera

Guest speakers HHS assistant secretary for minority health Capt. Felicia Collins and Adams join NIMHD director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable.

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Adams amid other runners start the 5K

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams joins runners heading off on a route around the campus perimeter.

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Woman wearing hijab runs

Picture perfect weather helped spark broad participation.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Participant using wheelchair amid walkers starting 5K

Participants walk and roll.

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With water coolers on table, women cheer, wave signs, and man grins holding pompoms

Enthusiastic Minority Health Month supporters cheer on participants at one of several encouragement (water) stations.

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Amid other walkers, woman pushes stroller

Participants walk and stroll.

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Man runs with earbuds, handheld device

Picture perfect weather helped spark broad participation.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

Carrington smiles at podium

Kelli Carrington, NIMHD communications director, greets attendees.

Photo: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang

“Hey Dr. Collins, I am not in your back yard. I’m in your front yard here at Building 1 with all these wonderful people celebrating Minority Health Month!” said U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. He joined NIMHD director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable and HHS assistant secretary for minority health Capt. Felicia Collins in welcoming walkers, runners and rollers to the recent Minority Health 5K. NIMHD hosted its third 5K to celebrate National Minority Health Month. 

The event brings awareness to health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minority populations. The 2019 theme, “Active and Healthy,” encouraged people to add some physical activity to their lives. From the speakers delivering wellness messages to the volunteers at water stations and information tables to the crowd of participants, everyone enjoyed the sunny day and the opportunity to be active and healthy at NIH. 

To watch the surgeon general’s Twitter video from the event, visit https://twitter.com/Surgeon_General/status/1121090751809634305.