Fundraising run to support diabetes prevention


From Contributed Reports

Monday, March 12, 2018

The first annual Twin Counties Sugar Run is planned for April 14 at Station Square in downtown Rocky Mount.

The event will include a 5K timed run, one mile fun run/walk, education, vendors, giveaways, food and a celebrity speaker. All money raised through this event will stay in the Twin Counties for educational programs, prevention and assistance to residents with diabetes.

An estimated 2.5 million — 1 in 3 — North Carolinians have pre-diabetes. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. While complications from diabetes include chronic kidney disease, heart attack or stoke, vision loss and possible amputations, this disease can be controlled. Diabetes is not always a direct result of diet and lack of exercise. Someone with a family history of diabetes is more likely to develop the disease during their lifetime.

What can we do about it? With Eastern North Carolina being above the United States average for diabetes prevalence, multiple medical facilities, local hospitals and several organizations have come together to establish a diabetes event in the Twin Counties

Founding organizations include Rocky Mount Family Medical Center, Nash Foundation, Boice-Willis Clinic, Family Medical Center OIC, Harrison Family YMCA, Nash County Health Department, Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, Dr. Monique Brown, Tiffany Delano and Novo Nordisk.

For more information on the event go to Facebook and search Twin Counties Sugar Run.