Saturday, February 11, 2017
There is an old proverb that states, “One step at a time is good walking”. As the Harris County Hospital District Foundation prepares for the 15th year of the Texas Med Run it is a time to celebrate “good walking” and take a closer look at the parallel goals the event shares with the Harris Health System.
Partners in Health
Taking a walk or run daily is like eating the time-honored apple. From helping you de-stress and lose weight to lowering blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases- walking or running regularly is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health. The Texas Med Run platform emphasizes wellness and disease prevention by offering a unique certified and sanctioned 10K/5K timed race and 5K/1K walk for social fun and/or serious competition, a Kids Zone, and a Health and Fitness Expo offering free cardiology screens, health screens, education programs, games, food and prizes. Bring out the entire family- there is something to benefit everyone!
Walk or run for better sleep, better concentration and creativity, lower blood sugar and risk for diabetes, 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, less upper respiratory tract infections, increased bone density, improvement in mood, great looking legs…..who wouldn’t want these “fountain of youth” benefits? The Texas Med Run supports the Harris Health System vision to create a healthier community and be recognized as one of America’s best community-owned healthcare systems.
Growth for Tomorrow
The HCHD Foundation created a “walk” in 2003 as a fundraising event for Harris Health programs. Over the past 14 years and with the help of our corporate partners, employees and community participation, Texas Med Run has raised close to $1,000,000. Funds have been granted to mammography services and equipment, mobile immunization outreach, and the Healthy Family initiatives with education components that included food education, diabetes support and weight management. The HCHD Foundation’s goal for the 2017 Texas Med Run is to support Ben Taub Level 1 Trauma Center renovations.
Generations of Caring
Each generation creates for the future…one step at a time. Houston is woefully short of Level 1 trauma centers. The American College of Surgeons recommends one Level 1 trauma center for every million people, suggesting Houston might require 6-8 centers. Yet, we only have two, and Ben Taub needs renovations to continue Level 1 status.
We’ve watched in shock as other US cities have dealt with mass casualties. Let our generation create a healthier community for present and future generations. Reaching this goal requires all of us to lace up our running shoes! Participate in the Texas Med Run for your personal health, congregate as a community to show support for our trauma survivors and chain of care personnel, and donate to renovations for Ben Taub Level 1 Trauma Center. We’ll be right beside you at the Finish Line!
For more information or to register/donate to the Texas Med Run, please visit