5K Run, Fundraiser, Movember, Springfield Illinois, Turkey Trot, Uncategorized

Are you moving for Movember?

Around the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which also means we can take action to live happier, healthier and longer lives. November is Movember a movement started by two friends in Australia in 2003. By 2007 the movement had reached the US and now more than 5 million men across the world are growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues. As well as growing a mustache you can commit to running or walking 60 miles during November – that’s 60 miles for the 60 men lost to suicide every hour. And better yet, you can achieve some of those miles during our 5k Turkey Trot in Washington Park on Saturday, November 17 – so make sure you sign up!


We also understand it can be difficult to keep track of your health so here are five things to know and do:


Make man time

Stay connected. Your friends are important and spending time with them is good for you.


Have open conversations

Being there for someone, listening, and giving your time can be lifesaving.


Know your numbers

Talk to your doctor about prostate cancer at 50 and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are African American or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should have a conversation with your doctor at 45.


Know your body

Get to know what’s normal for you. Check yourself regularly and see a doctor if something doesn’t feel right.



Add more activity to your day; walk to a meeting, skip the elevator and take the stairs, or cycle to work instead of driving.


For more information about Movember, the positive impact it’s having, and how to get involved visit: https://us.movember.com

5K Run, Fundraiser, Springfield Illinois, Turkey Trot

Have you registered for our 5k Turkey Trot in November?

Our annual 5k Turkey Trot takes place on Saturday, November 17 in Washington Park.

The event is aimed at all levels whether you’re a serious runner or taking part in a 5k for the first time, we’d love to have you join us. Families and dogs are welcome.

The Turkey Trot launched in 2012 and since then has raised thousands of dollars for the Springfield community. Funds raised this year will benefit Central Counties Health Centers patient and community programs. If you are unable to participate but your company would like to sponsor the event please contact Melinda Rodgers on 219-788-2310 or email mrodgers@centralcounties.org

In the past, we’ve had more than 200 runners and walkers take part and we would love for even more to cross the finish line this November.

Registration is $20 for ages 13-plus, $10 ages three to 12, and free to ages two and under. Online registration closes at 11.59 pm on Thursday, November 15.

To register for our 5k visit https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=128987

You can also register in person on the day. Registration is from 9am at the Playground Pavilion. The 5k will start at 10am.