Heart on board Best Dressed Chicken EAW Road Race series
DEBORAH Chen, executive director of Heart Foundation of Jamaica, has urged Jamaicans to stay healthy as she outlined the importance of exercising while speaking yesterday at the launch of the fourth staging of the Best Dressed Chicken, Everyone's A Winner (EAW) Road Race Series at Hope Botanical Gardens.
Chen outlined that taking part in physical activities such as this event is one way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
"We have to keep moving if we don't keep moving, we are going to lose our muscles and our whole body is not going to be functioning properly, especially the heart," she said.
"We have to find time for exercising, do we have time to be dead for 24 hours a day or to exercise for 30 minutes a day? Any exercise is better than no exercise," she added.
Avadaugn Sinclair, marketing manager of Best Dressed Chicken, said her company is all about encouraging healthy lifestyle and so will be donating proceeds from the run to the Diabetes Association.
"This is a good event and we are proud to be associated with it, and being the nutritional partner of this and the major sponsor, what we are prepared to do is not just to focus on running, but about being healthy. We want to encourage people to be healthy and so this year we will give some support to kids with diabetes."
Alfred 'Frano' Francis, director of Running Events Limited, which is also a partner of the series, will be the director of all three races, with the first 5K set to take place on March 23, the second 6K on April 13, and the final race in the series, the 7K, on June 15.
"This is for all the walkers and runners who are serious about changing their lives for the better and who want an additional challenge.
"We are happy that Best Dressed Chicken is continuing its support of those who are committed to being fit and healthy, and we look forward to their exciting offerings," he said.
Francis also noted that the distance in the three-race series has progressed due to request from participants who expressed their frustration at taking part in only 5K races.
The event is sponsored by Reggae Marathon, PUMA Running, Bella Oasis Spa, Catherine's Peak, Hi-Lyte, Pure Country, The Art Printery and the Heart Foundation of Jamaica as the health partners.
The first race in the series, the 5K, will run off at 7:00 am and will start and end at Hope Gardens.