Celebrating 10 years of the Week of Healthy Living

by | Apr 18, 2014 | Featured

Ten years ago, Jewish Family Service’s board of directors and leaders wanted a way to give back to the community while at the same time, raise funds for the agency.

“The Week of Healthy Living was created to not only hold a fundraising event that would bring together our entire community, but also so that we could ‘give back’ to the community we serve through health-related educational programming,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director.

Over the last decade, the Week of Healthy Living has grown in its outreach, as has the annual Run, Roll or Stroll—the week’s signature race event.

This year’s Week of Healthy Living features the race, along with two free programs for the community.

Race Packet Pickup
Friday, May 2, 8 am–4 pm
Simon Family JCC
Run, Roll or Stroll participants can pick up packets, enabling them to sleep in a little longer on race day. Onsite race registration will also take place.

10th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll
Sunday, May 4
24st Street Park, Virginia Beach
The event features an 8K Run, 5K Run/ Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. The race is sponsored by the Copeland and Klebanoff Families.
Event Times
6:45–7:45 am
Registration at Neptune’s Park
8 am—8K Run and 5K Run/Walk
9:15 am—1 Mile Run/Walk
9:30 am—Post-Race Party

Entercom Norfolk is the media sponsor. Don London of The New 101.3 radio station will emcee the event and provide musical entertainment, contests and prizes throughout the morning. “This will be a fun event for the whole family,” says Levin.

Early registration for the race ends on Friday, April 18 when race fees increase by $5. To register and learn more details, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org.

Those who don’t want to run or walk, but would like to help can be a “Virtual Walker,” or fundraiser. “Being a Virtual Walker is as simple as sending a few emails to your friends and family asking them to donate any amount of money in support of JFS,” says Levin. “It’s an easy way to do a good deed, without even breaking a sweat!” For information on becoming a Virtual Walker, contact Sue Graves at 757-321-2238.

JFS will accept new and like-new shoes for the Soles4Souls program at the race. Soles4Souls facilitates the delivery of shoes worldwide. For more information, visit www.soles4souls.org.

Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy
Wednesday, May 7, 7 pm
Simon Family JCC
Presented by Evan Lipson, MD, melanoma specialist with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore MD
Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz

Dr. Evan Lipson, MD will present the latest innovations in cancer treatments, based on groundbreaking research on cancer immunotherapy.

A melanoma specialist at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Md., Lipson’s research focuses on investigating new therapies for patients with various stages of melanoma, ranging from preventing disease recurrence in high-risk patients to developing innovative drug therapies for patients with advanced disease. He is also the founder of SeizeTheDays.org, which chronicles the stories of cancer patients who, with power and determination, find interesting and meaningful ways to add life to their days.

This program is presented in partnership with the Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

The Art & Science of Healthy Eating
Thursday, May 8, 12 pm
Simon Family JCC
Presented by Kris Kennedy, MD, FACOG, Complete Women’s Care
Sponsored by the Esther and Alan Fleder Foundation

Kris Kennedy, MD, FACOG, is a founding member of The Art and Science of Healthy Eating faculty. She is passionate about helping people learn how to gain optimal health through eating.

Kennedy will present how to decipher the science and discard the hype regarding food and health. She will teach how to use food to correct obesity, improve disease, and gain health. Kennedy will discuss processed food and review the paleo, whole foods plant-based, and Mediterranean diets. She will also present tips and tricks for sustained weight loss. Lunch will be served at this program to pre-registered attendees.

Kennedy has practiced in Virginia Beach since 1989, was voted one of Hampton Roads’ “Top Docs” in 2009, into the Top Docs Hall of Fame in 2010, and was awarded Physician of the Year by the Virginia Beach Medical Society in 2009.

Both programs will be held at the Simon Family JCC in Virginia Beach. The programs are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. JFS also suggests that attendees bring at least one non-perishable food item for the JFS Food Closet. To register, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org or call 757-321-2222.

The 10th Annual Week of Healthy Living is sponsored by Presenting Sponsor: Towne Bank; Lead Sponsor: Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation; Diamond Sponsor: Copeland & Klebanoff Families; Gold Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz and the Esther and Alan Fleder Foundation. For a complete list of sponsors, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org.

*of blessed memory

Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.