By bringing together future physicians and the Houston community in a fitness event, we hope to show that exercise is not only in a doctor's advice, but in a doctor's way of life!
The inaugural Baylor College of Medicine Wellness 5K was organized by medical students in 2012 with the mission of promoting wellness both within Baylor and the Houston community as a whole. That year, we hosted over 500 runners and walkers and raised over $18,000 for charity and community projects. Since then, the races have hosted over 1500 runners and raised over $43,000 cumulatively over three years! Please see below for the charities and projects that we have funded in the past three years!
This year we plan to make the race even bigger and better than previous years. We hope you will join us!
Who We Fund
Below, we have listed the charities, projects, and initiatives that the BCM Wellness 5K has funded in the past.
Recipe for Success
We chose Recipe for Success Foundation as our first race beneficiary in 2012 because of their commitment to combating childhood obesity and helping to prevent chronic disease from the start. They achieve their mission by changing the way our children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children.
Recipe for Success has implemented their "Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education" program in many Houston area schools and seen incredible results, reaching over 20,000 children in nine years of work. The program seeks to educate kids and empower them to prepare healthy meals and snacks for themselves, and also offers training to teachers while supporting them with curriculum and materials designed for elementary school students. They also have other initiatives including "Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo" (an award-winning kid's cookbook/adventure series), "Hope Farms" (an urban agriculture project), and more. Learn more about the Recipe for Success Foundation.
The Grants for Leadership Opportunities in Wellness are awarded annually to various community service projects started by medical students. Past recipients of the GLOW awards include:
Refugee Health & Leadership Academy - The Refugee Health & Leadership Academy is a training program for young adult refugees to become health advocates in their community. Medical students from both Baylor College of Medicine and UTHSC Medical School will coordinate and lead the program which includes a week-long summer camp followed by community service and workshops during the year. The pilot program will target 15-20 Bhutanese Nepali refugees with basic English proficiency.
Music and Wellness Choir - The Music and Wellness Program targets students attending middle schools underfunded in the Fine Arts in HISD through providing an afterschool choral music program. While helping to alleviate this deficit, the program also seeks to address the issue of increasing rates of childhood obesity and other effects of poor nutritional health in American children by exposing students to information on healthy lifestyles in public schools as well as discussing careers in the sciences.
Food Rises - Food Rises is a nutrition and healthy lifestyle program launched by four medical students at Baylor and the UT Health Science Center at Houston that aims to alleviate nutritional and sedentary lifestyle issues facing a large portion of the lower socioeconomic areas of our city. The pilot program for Food Rises will be based out of a church or neighborhood center in the Gulfton area of Houston, where medical students and professionals will hold nutrition and exercise classes for parents and children on Sunday afternoons.
Medical Miles Mentor Program - The goal of the Medical Miles Mentor Program is to improve the confidence, health, and health education of middle schools kids through a series of games, cardio-intensive exercising, talks on health-related topics, and weekly small group mentorship. The group works with students at Cullen Middle School once a week, using a combination of small and large group activities to promote wellness.
Student Wellness Program
The Baylor Student Wellness Program is a new student led initiative that uses a multipronged approach towards making future physicians better future patient educators of wellness. Through the program, medical students will learn the importance of and skills for achieving wellness, with an emphasis on mental health and healthy lifestyles. Developing healthy habits early in a trainee’s professional career also has benefits for patients later down the road: physicians have been shown to be more likely to counsel and screen for prevention variables of health habits they themselves practice. Initiatives started by SWP include: ATP (Athletic Training Program, a weekly boot-camp style workout), Yoga Night, and a Wellness Lecture Series. SWP is still a fairly new program that is looking to expand and start up more projects in the near future.