On September 27, 2014, the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation (SDCMS Foundation) helped 650 people participate in a healthy activity and learn about healthier lifestyle choices, at the inaugural Solana Beach Sunset 5K Run/Walk. Physicians were role models at the event, inviting patients, healthcare staff, friends and family to join their team. A total of 30 teams participated, including a Live Well San Diego team led by County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Director, Nick Macchione and senior leaders Nick Yphantides, MD, Dale Fleming, and Wilma Wooten, MD. San Diego County Supervisor, Dave Roberts, was the event’s honorary chair.
In addition to SDCMS Foundation receiving Live Well San Diego recognition, the County Board of Supervisors proclaimed September 27 as the “SDCMSF Live Well Day”. The event raised awareness about SDCMS Foundation’s efforts to address and reduce unhealthy behaviors that cause preventable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, in alignment with the County’s Live Well San Diego vision.
Participants laced up, got out, and joined SDCMS Foundation in promoting healthy behaviors that lead to healthy lives. The number of San Diego County residents with Type 2 Diabetes continues to rise, currently an estimated 6% of county residents, and more than 4,000 emergency department visits in San Diego County are associated with diabetes.
Additionally, SDCMS Foundation continues to partner with San Diego County for Love Your Heart Day and for the San Diego Immunization Program.