Jefferson County 5K this Saturday

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation and Saracen Landing will host the Jefferson County 5K RunWalkDance at 8 a.m. Saturday in an effort to educate area adults and children about the critical importance of nutrition and fitness as keys to health as well as weapons against obesity.

The RunWalkDance is an inaugural event and will encompass a 5K walk/run, the local Farmer’s Market, and an interactive dance program (Zumba) for kids and adults. The program will also highlight First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative against childhood obesity.

In addition to the events there will be a mini-walk on the trail for young children and seniors.

Saracen Landing manager Trudy Redus started the planning for the event and wanted to raise awareness that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

“I wanted to reach out into the community and find support that understood we have over 40.6 percent of our children that are obese,” she said. “I found a group of ladies that are committed to helping improve the lives our community. Yaminah Hawkins, Kae Spencer, LaTonya Richardson and Vivian Flowers. With their commitment and support we have established the Jefferson County 5K Coalition.”

Saracen Landing was recently awarded a $4,900 grant from the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. Proceeds from race will be used to purchase bike racks for the Award winning walking trail. They are planned to be placed on the Golden Lion Park side and at the start of the trail at Saracen Landing.

The RunWalkDance is a chip timed race and will start at 8 a.m. at the Regional Park amphitheater and finish at Saracen Landing. Registration is 6:30-7:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20, which includes a bag and T-shirt.

The Jefferson County 5K Coalition will host a health fair Friday with screenings held by UAMS and the Arkansas Department of Health. For more information or to partner or participate in other healthy lifestyles activities, contact Redus at 536-0925.