March 8 'Sundown at the Pass' to Benefit Drachman Prevention Fund for Children: Arizona College of Public Health Runs to Fight Childhood Obesity
One of the reasons members and friends of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health are running, or walking, at Sundown at the Pass, Saturday, March 8, 5 p.m., is to fight childhood obesity.
The event, which starts at the International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road, and finishes at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road, focuses on finding ways to prevent childhood obesity, a major health issue for today's children. Proceeds will benefit the Roy P. Drachman Prevention Fund for Children at the Arizona College of Public Health.
The Prevention Fund for Children was established in 1998 to honor the late Roy P. Drachman, a well-known Tucson altruist who was instrumental in establishing the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health at the UA. Led by the Arizona College of Public Health, the fund helps children and youth by promoting healthy behaviors, nutrition, physical activity and mentoring at-risk children and youth.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 percent of children and teen-agers, ages 6 through 19, are overweight. That is triple the percentage of overweight children in 1980. Obesity in children has led to a rising incidence nationwide of type 2 diabetes in children, a disease that typically affected older adults. In Arizona, the highest prevalence of overweight people occurs in American Indian children, followed by Latino children. Data from the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program indicates that more than a third of American Indian children, ages 1-5, are overweight. Obese children who become obese adults are at a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gallbladder disease, arthritis and certain cancers.
Sundown at the Pass features a co-ed 5-mile run/walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk along with dinner, dancing and entertainment at Old Tucson Studios-perfect for the entire family. The run will highlight top athletes from around the country and children and families taking the fitness challenge. The event expects to attract more than 500 runners, walkers and their families.
The event is sponsored by The Running Shop, Pima County, 94.9 MIXfm, 104.1 The Point, Inglis Florists, New Balance, Northwest Explorer, Tucson Lifestyle, Sleep America, Raytheon and The Desert Leaf.
The fees for joining the event are $25 before March 1; $30 after March 1. Fee includes dinner, entertainment, a T-shirt, and "goody bag." For more information about participating in Sundown at the Pass, call Sharon Bart, (520) 325-5097, or Kim Gunn, (520) 626-5983, or go to www.RunningShopAZ.com. Note: GATES PASS will CLOSE at 4:30 p.m. on March 8.
Established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is the first public health college in the four corner states and represents a tri-university collaborative effort among the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. The Arizona College of Public Health's mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities with a special emphasis on diverse populations and the Southwest. Programs concentrate on the reduction of health disparities, the development and maintenance of healthy communities, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.