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Guardian Group Foundation 5K Run promotes healthy lifestyles

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Participants warm up ahead of the Guardian Group Foundation’s Keep it Alive 5K Night Run last year.

Organisers of this year's fifth staging of the Guardian Group Foundation Keep It Alive 5K Night Run say they want persons to get into the habit of maintaining a healthy routine so they will be able to see, feel, and experience the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

According to Annette Atkinson, senior manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications at Guardian Group, some people would be surprised to find out that exercising does not benefit only your physical appearance, but also your mental health, relationships, and overall happiness.

"A healthy lifestyle should be a way of living and not just a temporary fix," Atkinson said.

"We are promoting healthy lifestyles, and as a prelude to the event, we have been hosting keep-fit sessions since April. We have invited different gyms to participate and to help persons prepare for the event," she added.

The Guardian Group Foundation Keep It Alive 5K Night Run is a corporate charity race event that started in 2014 to help raise funds for Jamaica's healthcare sector.

In 2015, the event evolved into a double night run with one race in Kingston and another in Montego Bay. The "Keep It Alive" 5K Night Runs are hosted by Guardian Life Limited and Guardian General Insurance Jamaica Limited.

All proceeds from the races are donated to select hospitals. This year, the hospital beneficiaries are The University Hospital of the West Indies and the Cornwall, St Ann's Bay and Mandeville hospitals.

All service clubs that register are reimbursed 75 per cent of their registration fee to be used towards a project of their choice.

"The need is great in the health sector, and we believe that private- and public-sector partnership is really important in helping to alleviate some of the constraints. We never know if a relative or friend may benefit from the resources that we help to provide if they happen to visit these institutions for medical assistance," Atkinson said.

This year's Guardian Group Foundation Keep It Alive 5K Night Run is scheduled for Saturday in Kingston and June 2 in Montego Bay. The Kingston start time is 7:00 p.m. while activities are expected to get under way at 7:30 p.m., in Montego Bay.

Individuals and teams can register and pay online at www.keepitalive5k.com or manually by submitting completed entry forms and payment at any Guardian Life or Guardian General offices islandwide.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com