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5K Walk/Run Leads to Improved Health

posted on December 05, 2013, under Church, Hospital, Member by

by Robert and Thomas Broome

Shermin Tao made healthy lifestyle changes before winning his age category in the Let's Move Day 5K walk/run. (Photo: Robert Broome)

Shermin Tao made healthy lifestyle changes before winning his age category in the Let’s Move Day 5K walk/run. (Photo: Robert Broome)

For the past three years, Apopka, Fla., Church has partnered with Florida Hospital Apopka for a Let’s Move Day 5K walk/run and health fair. On September 22, in addition to the main event with 130 participants, a Kids’ Fun Run was offered to youngsters 12 and under. The goal of this event was to encourage healthy kids and families in the community.

One success story was that of Shermin Tao, a return participant from last year’s race. Shermin did well in the race but was determined this year to win his age category. His preparation included running a mile every day and playing tennis in the evening.

However, just weeks before the event, Shermin was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He took the news in stride and promptly changed his diet to improve his health. Changes included more plant-based foods, a reduction in meat consumption, and staying away from his favorite fast food restaurant.

Confirmation of the results from Shermin’s efforts came just days before the race when both his high blood pressure and cholesterol numbers were lowered to within normal ranges. On September 22, a healthier Shermin Tao finished the 5K run and won his age category!


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