Diabetes, one of the leading killers around the world, plagues many communities. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, it has become one of the top causes of mortality, so Saint James students are stepping up to stop it.
ACTIVE, a new student organization on the SVG campus, held the island’s first-ever 5K color run entitled, “Color Me Cured.” Students were able to participate in the run or the health fair afterwards, where they helped educate the community about proper diabetes management. Many members of the SVG community came out to support the cause, including runners from The Ministry of Health and Wellness, The National Diabetes and Hypertension Association and local physicians and nurses. The race began at 5:30am and included a warm-up from the local gym in the area. Participants received a race bib, a water bottle, a headband and a clean white t-shirt to be covered with color by the end of the race.
In partnership with the American Medical Student Association on-campus, volunteers took blood pressure and blood glucose levels at the health fair to help participants understand their numbers. Participants were interested in finding out more information about how they can change their lifestyle choices and what foods they can introduce into their own homes to eat healthier.
The event hosted more than 100 runners along with multiple volunteers from Saint James. ACTIVE, being the newest student organization on campus, has a focus on diabetes prevention and being active on the island. The group plans to host more events geared towards fostering a partnership between the local citizens and students hoping to take a more public health approach in their medical careers.
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