Wellness 5k brings together Houston community

Nov. 1, 2012

Kids participating in the 1k race
Kids participating in the 1k race

The first student-organized BCM Wellness 5k Run/Walk took place in October with more than 500 people from the BCM and Houston communities in attendance.

In addition to the 5k, the event also included a kids 1k race, a costume contest and post-race food, music and activities at the McGovern Commons. Dr. Stephen B. Greenberg, dean of medical education, kicked off the race with opening remarks before signaling the start and participating in the event himself.

Race participants warming up
Race participants warming up

"As a future doctor entering the health care environment at a time when the prevalence of chronic preventable diseases is at an all-time high, I think now more than ever physicians need to step up and make a point of emphasizing that health is more than just taking your medicine. It's about taking care of your whole body and mind," said Rachel Solnick, second-year medical student and one of the organizers of the event.

The students raised more than $18,000, which will go to Recipe for Success and BCM's Wellness Education Fund. Recipe for Success, a non-profit organization based in Houston, promotes healthy eating and nutrition to children in the community. The BCM Wellness Education Fund provides seed funding for student-initiated community health projects.

The event included post-race music and entertainment
The event included post-race music and entertainment.

"As a medical student, I see devastating examples in both children and adults of everything that can go wrong by leading an unhealthy lifestyle, said Kristy Hamilton, third-year medical student at BCM and one of the organizers for the event.

"Alternatively, we see examples of those who really do make a commitment to their health by exercising and eating right, and they inspire us. Medical students and physicians need to work at being healthy too!

Event organizers expressed their appreciation to all of the student leaders, volunteers and sponsors who made this race possible.