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Get Ready for the Fun Walk in Alabama this August!

Family taking part in the Birmingham Fun WalkObesity has been an issue in this country for some time now, and this is a problem that comes with extra baggage. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity often leads to other medical complications such as high blood pressure (hypertension), cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some respiratory problems. In some rare cases, it can also play a role in the development of specific types of cancer and osteoarthritis.

Unfortunately, these are issues that many people living in Alabama have become all too familiar with. In fact, Alabama currently ranks as the state with the second highest rate of obesity (Mississippi ranks first) according to statistics that were presented during the Rural Health Conference held annually at the University of Alabama in February.

Alabama Ranks High for Diabetes and Hypertension

Given the number of people who are overweight in Alabama, you might not be surprised to find that this state’s rates for both diabetes and hypertension are pretty bad as well. Alabama currently ranks first in the country for diabetes, third for high blood pressure, and fourth worst for physical activity. This is why events like the Stride into Fitness 1-Mile Fun Walk are so important. This year’s theme for the Fun Walk is “leave your fat on the track”, and it’s going to be held at the high school in Bessemer City on Saturday, August 17th.

More Than Just a Fun Walk!

For this event, the fun walk is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in registering for this walk, the fee is $15, but all proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Diabetes Association. However, the fun walk is only one of the great activities which will be taking place during this really fun event. Other healthy activities offered include kickball, Zumba, and volleyball.

This event is being sponsored by the Town & Country Spinal Pain Center and Walk….Feel Alive, a program from the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center at UAB. If you are planning on checking the Fun Walk out, there are also going to be some great contests, giveaways, food tastings, and a health fair which can help teach parents and kids about diabetes and eating healthier.

Fighting Obesity in Alabama

One of the chiropractors from the Spinal Pain Center, Dr. Donovan Harper, has stated his desire to help fight obesity, because he has seen the health effects that being overweight can have. In particular, he has been moved by the impact that obesity has had on entire families, and he hopes that events like these will help foster better practices amongst the entire family.

Over the years, Dr. Harper has worked with a number of overweight patients. “I have encountered a great number of patients who suffer from knee, foot and ankle pain because of the excess pressure on the joints,” he said. “As a result of diabetes, we have had several patients who passed away due to complications associated with the dreadful disease.”

These types of events can have a positive impact in the long run, because they can help to raise the public’s awareness of the effects that obesity can have on the body. “It is our hope to promote information and awareness about the effects of obesity,” he said. “The impact of this disease on an individual’s life can be limiting, debilitating, and hold financial constraints on the entire family.”

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