It’s appropriate that the Tenth Anniversary Keller ISD School Walk for Diabetes has a super hero theme for 2015 since the event has taken on epic proportions.
For the last two years, the KISD diabetes walk has raised more money for the American Diabetes Association than any other school walk in the nation. Last year, 1,500 people participated and raised more than $73,000.
This year’s walk sports some new features.
Walkers who don their capes and tights can win prizes in the costume contest.
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KISD school walk day on March 28 at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex, will wrap up the three week Family Walk Challenge. On March 6, campus nurses sent out a challenge to the KISD community: take walks at two of four local parks and take pictures of your group. The four locations are: Acadia Park, Bear Creek Park, Heritage Addition Park and Johnson Road Park. Show off your pics at the designated table the morning of the walk and win prizes.
The top ten fundraisers for the KISD diabetes walk will get the chance to meet NASCAR driver Ryan Reed on April 10. Reed is a Type 1 diabetic and partnered with the American Diabetes Association in the Drive to Stop Diabetes.
The week before the walk KISD Health Services will premiere a new video created by talented students to educate third- through twelfth-graders on diabetes and the differences between Type 1 and Type 2.
Several popular activities from past years will continue.
Sodexo and Sprouts will present healthy cooking demonstrations. Texas Health Resources will offer health screenings. An NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Contest will go on that morning. Health-related vendors, face painting and an encore performance of a special flash mob group dance also will be part of the festivities.
Cindy Parsons, director of health services, said the campus nurses have been working hard on the event and hope a lot of families will support it.
The more people know about diabetes, the more likely they are to eat better and get regular exercise, both key components of preventing Type 2 diabetes, Parsons said.
"Come out and help Keller ISD stop diabetes and help us to encourage others to adopt healthier lifestyles and work on the prevention of diabetes," she said.
Registration and vendor events begin at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9:30, March. 28. For more details go to kellerisd.net and click on the link for the 2015 Diabetes Walk. To register, go to schoolwalk.diabetes.org and select "Keller ISD" from the “Choose your area” drop down menu.