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May 19, 2017
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5K Walk/Run Marks National Minority Health Month


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.

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

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

5K participants walk run and roll for minority health awareness Information stations offer health tips
5K participants walk, run and roll for minority health awareness. Information stations offer health tips.

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NIMHD director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable FIC deputy director Dr. Peter Kilmarx encourage the assembly
At left, NIMHD director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable and at right, FIC deputy director Dr. Peter Kilmarx encourage the assembly.

Warmups and stretches put folks in the mood to move.
Warmups and stretches put folks in the mood to move.

Nichelle Lewis and Mark Sampson show NHLBI colors four staffers from the NIH Executive Secretariat (from l) Marlyce Green, Michelle Whitfield, Shannon Wooldridge and Lisa Hurlebaus Marshall pause for a pic.
An all-IC event. At left, Nichelle Lewis and Mark Sampson show NHLBI colors. At right, four staffers from the NIH Executive Secretariat (from l) Marlyce Green, Michelle Whitfield, Shannon Wooldridge and Lisa Hurlebaus Marshall pause for a pic.

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