the torch Winter 2015, Issue 4 - Page 9

DHWI Healthy Harvest Fun Walk/5K Run & Diabetes Expo a success The sixth annual Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute (DHWI) Healthy Harvest Fun Walk/5K Run & Diabetes Expo, held October 31, brought together supporters to raise awareness and generate funding for the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center. The event received support from many generous sponsors, including MedAssets, which served as presenting sponsor for the fifth consecutive year, and founding sponsor, OTSL Charities, and raised more than $140,000 for the Institute’s diabetes self-management and wellness programs, education initiatives and outreach projects. Demond Fernandez, WFAA Channel 8 reporter, served as the event emcee, and participants enjoyed fresh fruit and vegetables provided by Freshpoint and the Alon USA Farm Stand and line dancing. Founded in 2010, DHWI is a collaboration between Baylor 8 Health Care System and the City of Dallas, to provide access to quality health care and disease prevention services to southern Dallas. Residents in surrounding ZIP codes are three-times more likely to die from diabetes compared to those living in Dallas. Prior to DHWI’s opening, the area lacked services that are essential to living healthy, such as access to doctors’ offices or hospitals, healthy food options and grocery stores, exercise programs, and affordable transportation. Providing access to a health care team, including a physician, nurses, care coordinators and diabetes education specialists, DHWI offers a simple yet innovative approach to combating diabetes and has woven itself into the culture of this community to impact societal change. For more information about DHWI, contact Amy Monday at 214.820.4771 or 9