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September 25, 2012 > Dump your sugar and run

Dump your sugar and run

Trade-in your family's sugar and improve your health

Submitted By Jerome Ilagan

City of Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves will fire the starting pistol at the City's first Great Sugar Dump 5K run/walk on Sunday, September 30. This combination 5K and public health event, presented by Generations Community Wellness in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, is a tailored to the whole family.

Each year, the average child under 12-years old consumes 49 lbs. of sugar according to the USDA Economic Research Service. Kaiser Permanente and Generations are educating the community about the link between sugar consumption and chronic disease like Type 2 diabetes and obesity with Kaiser's Mobile Health Van, as part of an awareness campaign.

"Sugar-rich beverages are the single largest source of calories in the American diet. The Great Sugar Dump 5K is a fun way to educate the community on the benefits of exercise and drinking water," said Dr. Mandira Matta, Pediatrician, from Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara.

Take part in the Great Sugar Dump by exchanging unwanted cans of soda or packaged sugary snacks for a free pedometer and aluminum water bottle - a community-wide effort to replace sugar for water and promote physical activity.

Post-race festivities include the award ceremony recognizing the event's Sugar Dump Champion along with the 5K winners.

Revolution Foods will be on-site providing healthy snacks and Dr. Kauffman of Thrive Milpitas will offer complimentary post-race massage. Other race sponsors include YMCA, Gigamon, El Camino Hospital, The Health Trust, Urban Aquaponic Farms, Hint Water and Children's Creative Learning Centers.

"We're a non-profit focused on physical activity and nutrition. We shall put the Generations mission into practice on September 30," says Generations' CEO Dan McClure.

Participants should register at www.GenerationsWellness.org

Great Sugar Dump 5K
Sunday, September 30
8:30 a.m.
Cisco's McCarthy Campus
115 N. McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas
(408) 736-8326

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