SPRINGFIELD — Lace up your running shoes for good health and to fight hunger on Saturday, March 3, when the Western Area Massachusetts Dietetic Assoc. (WAMDA) holds its 25th annual 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair at Look Park in Northampton. The annual event benefits the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. To register online, visit www.racewire.com.
“Please join us at this fun event to help fight hunger in our community and to get some healthy exercise. We will be awarding prizes in all age categories, and delicious, healthy snacks will be available after the race, which at Look Park offers a flat and safe course for beginner runners,” said Paul Halloran, WAMDA’s public relations chairperson,
The Health Fair begins at 9 a.m. in Look Park’s Garden House, followed by the run/walk at 11 a.m.
Since the first race in 1993, WAMDA has raised more than $60,600 and hundreds of pounds of food that have been distributed to different charitable organizations and food agencies to help neighbors in need.
This year, the WAMDA Fitness 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair will again partner with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which provides individuals facing hunger with the food they need to survive and leads communities towards long-term solutions to the problem of hunger in the region. Serving the four counties of Western Mass., the Food Bank is the leading provider of emergency food that reaches individuals and families with lower incomes. It is committed to working with the community to reduce hunger, increase food security, and to make nutritious food affordable and accessible for all residents in the region.
WAMDA is a group of nutrition professionals (registered dietitian nutritionists) who live and work in Western Mass. and are concerned about food insecurity in their communities. To improve the health and nutritional status of its patients and clients, WAMDA’s goal is to ensure that all people have access to healthful food.