Trending this week is the Sanford Health Run and Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness. Melanie Carvell of the Sanford Women's Center is here to tell us more about it.
AM: All morning, Meteorologist Henry Blakes has been talking about the rain. Will the event still be going on despite the rain?
MC: Yes, definitely. We won't hold Henry responsible for that weather. You can still come and sign up tonight if you haven't signed up yet. Registration starts at 5:30 tonight. The competitive race starts at 6:30 and that's two laps around Tom O'Leary. We also have an education forum which is a walk through exhibits inside the Women's Health Center building.
AM: Let's talk about the education forum and how important it is for people to come to that.
MC: It's just a great opportunity to learn new things. You can do things like get your bone density checked, your blood pressure checked, your blood sugar checked, and most importantly, learn about the latest prevention and detection and treatment with breast cancer. We continue to make advances. There's always new information out there. It's just a wonderful place to come for support as you're going through something like this. The exhibits are for the whole family, they're very interactive. So the goal is, every exhibit you go through you're going to learn one thing that will help with your overall health and wellness.
AM: This event isn't just for the avid runner, right? Anyone can participate.
MC: Absolutely. Come on out. It's a walk and run. We do have the non-competitive walk and run. That starts at 7:45. I'm not sure how many people are going to want to take a stroll in this weather but we hope they come and stroll inside even if it's not nice enough to stroll outside. Plus, the incentives are awesome this year. Our shirts are great. Our age group winners get a nice warm headband and if you go through the education forum, we have little ice packs.
AM: Let's talk about how important it is to get involved in something like this. Not even just for breast cancer awareness but for yourself too.
MC: Well 1 in 8 women are going to struggle with breast cancer and men can get breast cancer too. There will be 2,000 men who will die in the United States this year with breast cancer. So, it affects everyone. Whether you're struggling with it, there's definitely someone that's touched your life that's struggled. So it's just the focus of having a healthy lifestyle is very important too. Plus, it's just a great reminder. The walk/run comes around once a year and it's a great reminder for all of us that we need to get in for that yearly exam and keep tabs on our own physical health. Get that mammogram every year.
AM: Remind us when and where this is all taking place.
MC: Okay at the Women's Health Center at 1100 Schafer Drive in Bismarck. Come on over at 5:30 to sign up and grab your number. You can come up to the Women's Center any time during the day to sign up. The education forum goes from 5:30 to 7:45.
AM: You also have a Facebook page and a number to call as well for all of this information. Thanks so much Melanie for joining me today.
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