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Friday, May 15, 2009

Healthy U Hosts Celebration of Health Saturday, May 30

SALISBURY, MD---When this year’s Healthy U of Delmarva HUEY Award winners are announced, they won’t just be sitting patiently, waiting for their names to be called. Instead, they’ll have the option of participating in everything from a 5K run/walk to a tour of healthy living exhibits.

The HUEYs, a seminal part of Healthy U, reward area individuals and organizations for healthy practices. The 2009 awards are presented during a family-focused Celebration of Health, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Salisbury University’s athletic fields on Wayne Street.

Activities begin with a 5K run/walk at 10:30 a.m. (check-in at 10 a.m.). Registration is $20, free for ages 15 and under. All entrants must sign up by Friday, May 8. Participants receive a T-shirt, water bottle and lunch, and prizes are presented in seven age groups from youth to senior.

Other activities include free family-fun events and demonstrations such as face painting, healthy living exhibits, healthy food vendors and inflatables for the kids. Rain date is Sunday, May 31.

During the HUEY Awards presentation, six individuals and organizations are presented with $1,000 checks, saluting their leadership in initiating healthy practices in themselves and others. Categories include individual, school, house of worship, small business and corporation. A sixth prize, the Outstanding HUEY, honors the individual or organization that has done the most to promote healthy living during the past year. Criteria include results, policy, programs, participation, teamwork, outreach and, in the case of organizations, the percentage of people involved.

Founded in 2002 by civic leader Mitzi Perdue, Healthy U has helped thousands of Delmarva residents lose weight and live healthier for the past seven years. Last year, Salisbury University became the new home of Healthy U.

To register for the May 30 5K run/walk or more information call 410-677-5416 or 410-742-9202, or visit the Healthy U Web site at www.healthyudelmarva.org.



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