Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
CCC's Fit for Life Walking Trail will be the site for “The Bottom Line” 3k Fun Walk Saturday, March 25. The event, designed to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and nutrition, is free and open to the public.
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College Fit for Life will join in the national movement to increase colorectal cancer awareness, nutrition awareness and promote the importance of screening with “The Bottom Line” 3k Fun Walk Saturday, March 25.
Hosted at 10 a.m. at the Fit for Life Walking Trail (located on the campus of CCC), the walk is free and open to the general public.
During the event, health care professionals will be on-site to provide educational material and resources concerning colorectal cancer and nutrition.
The community, including schools, businesses, government agencies and civic groups, is invited to participate in the event organized in observance of National Colorectal Cancer and Nutrition Awareness Month.
Observed each March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is designed to increase awareness and education about colorectal cancer and to spread the message that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable.
Nutrition Awareness Month is a campaign that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through screening, yet colorectal cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States,” said CCC Fit for Life Coordinator Taurean Morton.
“Each year, tens of thousands of lives are lost to this disease. However, wider use of proven screening tests could save more than half of these lives. According to Hopkins Colon Cancer Center’s website, maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising can reduce the risk of obesity. Also, a reduction of dietary fat to less than 30% of caloric consumption and an increased intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, with at least 25 grams of fiber and protective omega-3 fats common in fatty fish, nuts and canola oil can be helpful to ward off colorectal disease.”
Morton said the American Cancer Society recommends that people 50 and older should talk to their doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer. However, they should talk to their doctor sooner if they have a family history of the disease or other condition that puts them at increased risk.
The Fit for Life initiative at Coahoma Community College is funded by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. Since 2015, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has provided almost $500,000 in funding to Coahoma Community College for the Fit for Life initiative that extends from the campus into the surrounding communities and schools.