Friday, March 24th, 2017

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Get healthy and support a good cause

HICKORY, NC (March 8, 2017)…Even though breast cancer awareness month is in October, which is still months away, it will be here before anyone knows it.

Start preparing for the Susan G. Komen Northwest NC Foothills Race for the Cure® 5K today…

The Eighteenth Annual Komen Northwest NC Foothills Race for the Cure® may seem a way off, but Komen NWNC is encouraging everyone to prepare for the Race now. Before registration begins in a few months, there are simple things that everyone can do to prepare to participate in the 5K (3.1 mile) or one-mile fun walk/run.

• Spend more time moving than on the couch. Start by walking every day. Then, turn the walking into jogging or running, little by little. Don’t try to prepare for the 5K Race the week before.

• Eat healthy and get active now. Map out a plan to build up to the 5k over the next seven months.

• Start putting a team of people together to support your preparations.

• Encourage those people to sign up to be an official Race team.

• Sign up once Race registration opens.

The goals of the Komen NWNC Foothills Race for the Cure® is to bring awareness to breast cancer and provide funds for local recipients to provide mammograms to those who need them, while having a great time at a fun event.

Susan G. Komen NWNC’s footprint grew on January 1, 2016, whereby the Affiliate went from serving eleven counties to twenty-two! Local impact has now been extended to the Foothills Region (Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba) and seven NC mountain counties (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Yancey and Watauga). Even though Komen NWNC is headquartered in Winston-Salem, breast health educational outreach, grants and critical committee work has been extended to the new counties.

In 2016, the grant recipients in the Foothills area included Blue Ridge Health Care Foundation at $15,000, Caldwell County Health Department at $20,000, Catawba County Public Health at $16,000, and Catawba Valley Medical Center at $6,780. In addition to giving grants out in the Foothills area Komen has also held Pink 4 Lunches; a breast health lunch and learn program to help increase breast health awareness.

Visit Komen NWNC’s website at www.KomenNorthwestNC.org to learn more about their local impact and all the unique mission programs they offer, and to find out how you can volunteer. If you have any questions, please call (336) 721-0037. Komen NWNC is about impacting local lives.

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