Get ready, get set, run for your life! Colonel Smith Middle School, or CSMS, will host its second Run For Your Life 3K Run/Walk April 26 for all members of the Fort Huachuca community in addition to students. The event helps CSMS promote diabetes awareness and physical activity, according to Susan Jacoby, school nurse and RN-C.
“We’ve been promoting a healthy lifestyle a good five to eight years here at CSMS, and we’ve had students with diabetes throughout these years,” Jacoby said.
Having juvenile diabetes, Joaquin Diaz, a CSMS eighth grade student, explained what the event means to him.
“It’s important because I’ve gone from having [diabetes] and being so self-conscious about how I look, that I went and got physically fit, and for those kids who have [diabetes] they need to stay physically fit and not give into obesity because you can die that way,” Diaz said.
The Run for Your Life 3K Run/Walk is organized by the CSMS Step It Up Club, which promotes health and fitness among students. Club members are involved in spreading diabetes awareness, creating educational material for classrooms and talking about healthy eating and exercise can affect diabetes.
The club also promotes an activity called “Movement of the Day” or MOD, where movements are student-choreographed along with music. Each classroom is going to develop their own MOD by the direction of the Step It Up Club and will perform them at the assembly that takes place before the 3k run/walk.
In addition to student involvement, the assembly will include guest speakers from Raymond W. Bliss Health Center who will spread the message of diabetes awareness and go over healthy food choices.
“I hope that [participants] connect that increased activity and better, healthy eating is disease-preventing and will help prevent in the long-run, diabetes,” Jacoby said.
The Run For Your Life assembly begins at 1:30 p.m. at CSMS and the run begins at 2:10 p.m. All participants must register on or before Wednesday. Register online at www.fthuachucak12.az.us under Colonel Smith Middle School, Clubs, Step It Up Club. For more information, contact Susan Jacoby at (520) 417-8460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.