Jewish Family Service wraps up 10th Annual Week of Healthy Living

by | Jun 13, 2014 | Other News

The start of the Run, Roll or Stroll 1 mile race.

The start of the Run, Roll or Stroll 1 mile race.

Sunday, May 4 was a picture-perfect morning with clear blue, sunny skies and comfortable temperatures for the more than 450 runners and walkers who gathered at 24th Street Park at the Virginia Beach oceanfront for Jewish Family Service’s 10th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll. The event, which included an 8K run, 5K run/walk and 1-mile run/walk, is held each year as part of the agency’s Week of Healthy Living.

“We were thrilled to have so many in our community join us as we celebrated our 10th anniversary of the Week of Healthy Living,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director.

The Week of Healthy Living continued on Wednesday, May 7, with a program on Advances in Cancer Immunotherapy, in partnership with the Maimonides Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Dr. Evan Lipson, a melanoma specialist with Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, shared the innovations that have been made in immunotherapy research. The event began with a cocktail reception with JFS donors and Maimonides Society members, which was generously underwritten by WealthQuest Financial Services.

On Thursday, May 8, more than 150 people heard Dr. Kris Kennedy speak on The Art and Science of Healthy Eating. Kennedy discussed ways to eat “cleaner,” mainly by cutting out processed foods. “If you can’t make it in your own kitchen,” she said, “you shouldn’t eat it.”

“We sincerely thank all our sponsors, our volunteers, and everyone who attended our events for making our 10th Annual Week of Healthy Living a success,” says Dr. Marcia Samuels, JFS president.

To see more photographs from the Week of Healthy Living, visit the JFS Run, Roll or Stroll Facebook page. To view race results, visit

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

by Amy Cobb