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Jun 13, 2011

Over 500 City residents got up and ran

Last Friday we told you about a walk and run campaign that intended to take foot in the old capital over the weekend. Well, apparently it did.  Over five hundred Belize City residents got up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to run. The Get Up and Run health initiative aims to inspire a lifestyle change in the city in which many are now considered overweight. The activity has been coordinated by several organizations including the Belize City Council, the Belize Diabetes Association and the Ministry of Health.  According to Mayor Zenaida Moya Flowers, the activities, including the health fair, was a success, but the daily run and walk sessions continue six days a week.

Zenaida Moya Flowers, Belize City Mayor

“Saturday was very successful. We managed to get over five hundred persons to actually get up and run or walk. That excludes the coordinators; of course we had other individuals who couldn’t run or walk because they were actually coordinating the effort and ensuring that they are part of the actual health expo out there. So it went very well. Persons left from the four zones and we were able to start the actual get up and run launch at seven a.m.”

Jose Sanchez

Zenaida Moya Flowers

“This is a daily event from Monday to Saturday?”

Zenaida Moya Flowers

“Yes it is a daily event. As a matter of fact it started this morning. We have figures coming from three of the four zones, and it shows that in the area of zone two, which is the zone I coordinate. From Marion Jones we had fifty-eight persons signing in. Zone three, which is the Albert Street and Yarborough Area as well as the Fabers Road area. the Fabers Road and Central American Boulevard area or people may say the Muslim school area; they had a hundred and sixteen persons signing in. The Civic Center and Education Building route which is the Zone four area, they had a little over a hundred persons and for Zone one, which is the Coney Drive area, unfortunately we do not have figures for that particular area. But all in all, we have at least from the three zones; we have two hundred and eighty persons from the three zones.”

Jose Sanchez

“If new people want to get up and walk or run, what time should they go out to any of these zones?”

Zenaida Moya Flowers

“Well they simply have to go out there between the hours of five a.m. to six-thirty a.m. I was informed by one of the zones in the area of the route, zone three, which they leave from Muslim School into Cesar Ridge Road around Winston Cumberbatch Field and back to Clara Mohammed Muslim School, people were out there from four-thirty a.m. Miss Rosito had indicated that in the evening, they will be able to have individuals out there. But again that would have to be confirmed for those who can only go in the evening. We do understand that there is a lot of individuals that will not be able to make it out there in the morning, however, we’re working on trying to accommodate those in the evenings.”

Mayor Moya Flowers says that to accommodate runners or walkers who intend to exercise early, the zone coordinators will also be present earlier at their stations.

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2 Responses for “Over 500 City residents got up and ran”

  1. Roy Yates says:

    I hope you all understand what those so-call SOFT DRINKS with all that sugar is doing to you all health. The same goes for all that GREASY CHINESE FRY CHICKEN and the heavy drinking of olcohol. Nature provided the tropics with fruits that juces can be made from, but we put it aside and drink all that synthetic drink that is hard on the pancreas to handle. The idea that a soft drink cool down a person, is ludicrous, it does just the oposit.

  2. Victoria says:

    I agree with your comment Roy. I am a diabetic, not overweight but do take care of myself and watch what I eat, yes Belize has all the fruits and don’t forget the ORGANIC VEGETABLES THAT YOU CAN GROW IN YOUR BACKYARD AND FORGET ABOUT THE CHEMICALS. Instead of soda drink water it’s free. I am so happy to read of such a program in Belize it’s about time something positive start to happen. TO ALL THE ORGANIZERS AND PARTICIPANTS KEEP IT UP THE END RESULTS ARE REWARDING.

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