PUBLISHED: 11:19 AM on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Kake diabetes run, walk attracts 33

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  Courteny Copsey, Jade Williams and Jacqueline Bennum take part in the Kake Saturday Community Fun Run and Walk on May 5.
KAKE - Thirty-three participants braved the rain for the Kake Saturday Community Fun Run/Walk on May 5, an event that helped bring awareness to diabetes prevention.

Diabetes is a serious chronic health conditions that can result in heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, dental problems, foot amputations and even early death.

One of the best ways to prevent diabetes or limit its impact on a person's life is to increase physicial activity, and walking is a fun way for people of all ages to get physical activity. For this event, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Clinic Administrator Bill Alsup drove the city's ambulance behind the walkers and played Tlingit songs sung by the Keex' Kwaan Dancers, and KCAW-Raven Radio dedicated the song "Walk Like A Man" to the event. People were invited to wear their regalia or uniforms, and healthy snacks were available at the SEARHC Kake Wellness Center after the walk.

"It was rainy and chilly, but people dressed for the weather," said Georgie Reese, a SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate based in Kake. "We have some dedicated walkers here."

In addition to several SEARHC departments, other groups participating in the walk included the Organized Village of Kake, the City of Kake, Kake Healing Heart Council, Girl Scouts, Kake Emergency Medical Services, Kake City School District and BIRC★ AmeriCorps.

For more information, contact SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate Georgie Reese in Kake at 785-3260.