KwanzaaFest Beat Obesity 5K Walk/Run
Sponsored by Methodist Health Systems
Recognizing that everyone has a role in restoring Texas to better health (individuals, families, institutions, organizations, communities, and policy makers), KwanzaaFest is continuously commited to increasing its focus on health and well-being through HealthFest and the addition of interactive targeted lifestyle programs.
As an extension of Kwanzaa’s HealthFest, a traditional portal for providing free health services through hundreds of health professionals, the KwanzaaFest Beat Obesity 5K Walk/Run was launched in 2006 to promote the importance of physical activity in preventing and reducing obesity. The alarming rise in childhood obesity, and the lack of physical activity in our youth, prompted the KwanzaaFest organizers to further maximize its efforts by creating the “1 Mile Kid’s Run” in 2007.
As the number of overweight and obese individuals continues to rise, the KwanzaaFest organizers understand that a more comprehensive program is necessary to prevent and control obesity, thus the birth of the KwanzaaFest “Beat Obesity” Healthy Lifestyles Program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese. Body Mass Index, or BMI, is used as a screening tool for overweight or obesity.
Adult Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness.
- If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the underweight range.
- If your BMI is 18.5 to <25, it falls within the normal.
- If your BMI is 25.0 to <30, it falls within the overweight range.
- If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the obese range.
- More than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity. [Read CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data brief PDF-704KB]
Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who have obesity were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
Please join us by walking and/or running as an individual or team on Saturday, December 14, 2019 to beat obesity in our communities. This spectacular event will be filled with fun, entertainment, 1st place awards, give-a-ways, an energy boosting post-5K snack, and so much more!!!
Thank you in advance for your participation!