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#iranthe20x65x65 – The Results are in!

Posted: 24-Aug-2017

On August 12, 2017, Mississippi’s 20 community health centers launched the Mississippi Community Health Center 65x65 Obesity Challenge with a bang… the bang of starter pistols at 5k races across Mississippi.

The first ever One Step Forward, Two Bites Less – 20x65x65 Race & Health Fair was held by community health centers at sites across Mississippi. Runners, walkers, and families lined up to take one step toward decreasing obesity in Mississippi by joining others in the largest one-day multi-5k race in Mississippi. From Nettleton to D’Iberville and Meridian to Fayette, 13 races commenced in the humid heat of Mississippi.

Almost 1000 people ran or walked in the 13 races held statewide!

And even more than that came out to the health fairs to have health screenings for weight, BMI, glucose and blood pressure. Other activities varied from site to site and included: Zumba, spin class, dodgeball, face painting, food vendors, free dental cleaning for children and vision screenings for families. Many partners like United Healthcare, Magnolia Health, Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi, MS Track Club, MPHCA, Henry Schein Medical, Labcorp, and many more were on hand to provide information and meet with fair-goers about services related to a healthy lifestyle. All the health centers want to thank the statewide and local sponsors and partners who helped make this first race and health fair a huge success! Their support allowed the health centers to invite patients to participate for free in the race who otherwise may not have the opportunity to run in a 5k race.  

There were runners both young and old, who showed up and showed out at their 5k race. It was especially exciting to see the wide range of families and the children who participated. At the end of the 5k everyone was proud to say #iranthe20x65x65 to friends and family via social media! 

Find pictures from races across Mississippi HERE! 

In Metro Jackson, the feature One Step Forward, Two Bites Less - 20x65x65 Race & Health Fair was held at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, MS with race distances of 5k, 10k and 15k. This multiple distance race was in support of the Metro area community health centers, and the focal point for all the other races held statewide.

The first ever race, and the Challenge resulted in valuable coverage of the initiative and Mississippi Community Health Centers. Below are a few of the numerous stories about the race or community health centers that were featured:

20x65x65 Race Hopes to Reduce Obesity in Mississippi

Comfort Food Lack of Exercise and Poverty Fuel Obesity Rate

Racing to Fight Obesity in Mississippi

Community Health Centers Called Best Kept Secret

MS Community Health Centers Promote New Initiative to Fight Obesity

Local Community Clinics Launch Obesity Initiative with August Races

What is the 65x65 Obesity Challenge?

Mississippi’s twenty community health centers launched the Mississippi Community Health Center 65x65 Obesity Challenge because they recognize obesity as an epidemic in Mississippi that contributes to the chronic health conditions resulting in decreased lifestyle mobility and increased health care costs. The health centers are taking a long-term approach to reducing weight and increasing healthy lifestyles by launching an initiative to move 65,000 Mississippians out of obesity by 2065. You can find more details about the initiative at www.65x65.com.

What is the plan to reach 65,000 adults by 2065?

Because of MS-CHC’s primary care providers’ close relationship with patients, they can act as a catalyst to help people become more active through physical activity counseling. MS-CHCs are value-based primary care homes who provide care to over 280,000 patients within 187 sites throughout Mississippi’s underserved communities. It is not surprising that in communities where health care services are underserved, there are major gaps in access to healthy food choices and adequate facilities for physical activity.

To put this plan into action, the One Step Forward, Two Bites Less – 20x65x65 Race & Health Fair was developed to coincide with National Health Center Week as an event to draw attention to the fact that Mississippi is one of the most obese states in the Nation. The races are to join the health centers’ communities with their patients in getting out and getting active – One Step Forward. And, to provide information, health screenings, nutritional education and local partners who want to highlight a healthy lifestyle – Two Bites Less.

As we grow the program, more events and patient centered programs will be developed to help move people out of obesity, to address the social determinants of health that attribute to obesity, and to provide more resources for communities that can increase their access to care. 

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