Food for Thought: Events in Radford will help educate others about health and nutrition to live better lives

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Robert Obst

Radford has two important events coming up starting April 2, with the 1st Annual Run for the Hungry 5k and Family Stroll and the Health and Wellness Fair, taking place on April 5.

March is National Nutrition Month and the Radford University Dietetics Association along with Runners Club, ESHE and the Backpack Program will host the 5k at Bisset Park in support of nutrition education and hunger awareness. The event will support the Radford City Food Bank and the Backpack Program by donating all proceeds to these organizations.

To register for the 5k you can stop by the race booth in the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center every day this week from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. You can also register at, or show up on race day and sign up there. Day-of registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race will start at 9 a.m. Early registration ends April 1 for $15, and is $20 the day of. The organizations will also be collecting non-perishable food items at the race booth in the Bonnie and on race day.
The second event that will take place is the Health and Wellness Fair that on April 5 in the basement of Heth Hall. The fair will go on from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. There will be a plethora of things to do and learn from including blood pressure checks, nutrition information, free massages, sexual health info and mental health screenings. This event will be made possible by RU Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Peer Educators/SHAC, Department of Exercise, Sport and Health Education, Residential Life and Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support services(S.A.V.E.S.).
Both of these events are open to the public and for great causes. Please come out and support Radford at both venues. It is important for everyone to maintain their health and wellbeing and to aid others who are less fortunate. With your support we can encourage healthful living in the City of Radford!

So, “Food for Thought,” come out and support Radford during the 1st Annual Run for the Hungry 5k and Family Stroll on April 2, and the Health and Wellness Fair on April 5. To your health!

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