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Passport 2 Health: Kick-Off Festival is a Huge Success!!!
Nearly 500 residents turned out for the first annual Destination: Healthy Community Fun Run/Walk and Health Festival on Saturday, October 15th. Over 100 residents received flu shots and approximately 25% of event attendees received a health screening. More than 30 service providers were present and over 150 prizes, including bike helmets, were given away at the Children’s Health Village. Healthy cooking demonstrations and exercises were a big hit with festival attendees.
Four-time Olympian and World Record holder, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who serves as the Community Health and Wellness spokesperson for the 24:1 Initiative, fired up and stretched out the walkers and runners at the starting point of the beautiful St. Vincent Greenway. The City of Pagedale won the inaugural Mayors Challenge Trophy with 19 residents participating in the fun run/walk. Mayor Mary Louise Carter and Alderpersons Ryhmes and Smith accepted the trophy along with their team. The City of Greendale, led by Mayor Monica Huddleston, and the City of Vinita Park, led by Mayor James McGee, finished closely behind in 2nd and 3rd place.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis Tritons mascot and cheerleaders helped get the crowd moving down the 1 and 2 mile course. Athletes from UMSL made an impressive showing with a large turnout from their soccer and track teams.
The Destination: Healthy Community Fun Run/Walk and Health Festival was designed to kick-off Passport to Health (P2H), a year-long project funded by the Express Scripts Foundation to provide residents in the 24:1 communities with access to health-related activities and services. The purpose of P2H is to facilitate the alignment of and access to health resources and to improve health outcomes for stakeholders in 24:1. More than 60 residents enrolled in P2H on the first day.
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