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July 5, 2011 > Health Expo and Run to the Lake

Health Expo and Run to the Lake

By Jessica Noel Waymire

Obesity is a nationwide epidemic. Longer workdays, less outdoor time, and oversized meals all contribute to the rise in obesity among adults and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "In 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%." Excess body weight puts one's health at risk, increasing the likelihood of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley wants to raise awareness of these health risks with its 13th annual Run to the Lake on Sunday, July 10th. The Run first began in 1988 and was intended to benefit the Center's cardiology programs. Unfortunate cutbacks resulted in the race being discontinued in the early 1990s until George Bischalaney, running enthusiast, became Eden's CEO in 1998 and the program was brought back. The Run to the Lake has since become a tradition in the community, with more participants each year.

The Run to the Lake has something for everyone. In addition to the 5K walk/run and 10K run, there will be a 50-yard dash for children, age three to eight. Prizes will be given for the first three finalists in the 5K and 10K for each age group, as well as the overall top finishers. Runners, walkers, and wheelchairs are welcome on the 5K course, while the 10K course is reserved for runners only. A disposable timing chip placed on the participant's shoe will track race time. All children participating in the 50-yard dash will receive a t-shirt, finisher's ribbon, and goody bag.

Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Save $5 by registering online by 11 p.m. July 7. Courses start at Eden Medical Center and head down to the shores of Lake Chabot; 5K (paved) and 10K (paved and trails) races begin at 8 a.m. The children's dash will be held in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

Eden Medical Center will host a free Health Expo on race day from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. open to all, offering health screening, refreshments, product samples, and disposal of expired medication and mercury thermometers. Screenings include body fat analysis, blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The Expo is intended to educate the public on proper healthcare and prevention.

Wendy Gorton is one race participant who is especially grateful for the staff and services of Eden Medical Center. Ten years ago, Gorton came down with an ear infection. At the time she was more focused on taking care of two very ill parents than attending to her own medical condition. In spite of taking antibiotics, her conditioned worsened and she suddenly came down with a terrible headache and lost her vision.

Gorton was convulsing when she arrived at Eden Medical. Doctors diagnosed her with bacterial meningitis and did not expect her to survive. She was in a comma for her 40th birthday. Miraculously, Gorton did recover, though it has taken a tremendous amount of work to regain all of her abilities. Eight months after her diagnosis, she could barely push the pedals of a bicycle. Today, she walks two to three miles a day and bikes ten miles each week. Gorton decided to do the Run to the Lake this year to show her appreciation for Eden Medical staff giving her ten more years with her children.

Have you been given a new lease on life? Or are you looking for motivation to take better care of yourself? Come to the Health Expo and join over 2,000 community members making a commitment to better health. Your loved ones will be glad you did. For registration and more information, please go to

Run to the Lake
Sunday, July 10
5K/10K at 8:00 a.m.
Kids' Dash at 9:30 a.m.
Health Expo from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
20103 Lake Chabot Drive, Castro Valley
(510) 727-2744
Registration $25/30 for adults; $10/15 for children

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