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Harlingen Medical Center Hosts Walk/Run To Benefit Student Scholarships

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Harlingen Medical Center Hosts Walk/Run To Benefit Student Scholarships

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Harlingen – Are you looking for a way to improve your overall health? Relieve stress? Reduce your excess body fat? Boost your muscle power and stamina? There is a simple way you can accomplish all this and more, walking! And, Harlingen Medical Center (HMC) wants you to jump into the summer months by improving your health and helping local students achieve a higher level of education by participating in the 2nd Annual HMC and Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Community Health Walk/Run 5k/1M, scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. on the TSTC Campus.

"The HMC and TSTC Community Health Walk/Run is a great opportunity for a family, a group of friends, or a group of co-workers to get together and walk to better health," said Manny Chacon, MPPM, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Harlingen Medical Center. "There are many who are being told by their family physician to exercise to improve their health. Some cannot handle the physical stress on their body of an exercise regime, but, walking is a low-impact exercise that can really do good for the body when done consistently. And, we are offering that opportunity to our community while raising funds for scholarships."

According to fitness experts, walking is the only exercise that can be performed by anyone, who is physically capable, at no cost and does not require any special equipment or training. It doesn't even have to be done in long periods of time or be vigorous in order to improve your health. A 2007 study indicates that walking a minimum of 75 minutes per week may improve a person's fitness level when compared to a non-exercising individual.

Walking for fitness does not have to be performed on your own. Harlingen Medical Center is hosting this community-wide event to unite people in the name of health and wellness, and education advancement. Fitness experts agree that walking has many benefits, which include:

  • Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improved management of conditions, which include hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Stronger bones and improved endurance
  • Reduced body fat

"The HMC and TSTC Community Health Walk/Run is designed to promote physical activity for good health in our community, but, also to support local students looking to pursue a higher level of education, here, at Texas State Technical College," said Chacon. "This community walk-run is also aimed at raising funds for scholarships that will be awarded to students who attend Texas State Technical College."

The walk-run is in its second year of existence and organizers want the community to participate to help students realize their academic dreams and in-turn achieve higher levels of success professionally.

"Education prepares the leaders of tomorrow. It arms them with the knowledge and skill to take-on and overcome the challenges that will improve our community and make for a better future for us all," said Chacon. "So, we are respectfully requesting our community members to come join us for this worthy event on June 27th."

Entering the Harlingen Medical Center and Texas State Technical College Community Health Walk/Run 5k/1M, as a participant, is as simple as completing the on-line registration form available at the award-winning and nationally recognized hospital's website at On the home-page simply scroll down and you will see the icon for the event. Click on it and it will direct you to the registration form. You may also register, as a participant, by requesting a hardcopy registration form There is a fee to walk and run. Children under the age of 13 will pay $15.00. Those 14 years of age and older will pay $25.00. Local businesses are also encouraged to enter corporate teams of four. All registered participants will receive free T-Shirts at the event.

If you wish to support the scholarship fundraiser by way of a sponsorship – there are several levels to consider. They range from a platinum level to a gold, silver and supporting sponsor. They vary in financial levels, but, all donations are welcome and will solely benefit TSTC student scholarships at the state college, here, in Harlingen.

The HMC and TSTC Community Health Walk/Run is both a competitive 5k run and a 1-Mile fun walk. Prizes will be awarded to the top three candidates that complete the 5k competitive run. The event will also feature complimentary medical screenings, which will include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • And, more

Here is a timeline of the event scheduled for Saturday, June 27th:

  • 7:00 a.m. On-site registration
  • 7:45 a.m. Warm-up session
  • 8:00 a.m. 1-Mile, non-competitive walk starts
  • 8:05 a.m. 5k, completive run starts
  • 9:30 a.m. Recognition and closing ceremony

The event will also feature face painting for children.

For more information regarding the Harlingen Medical Center and Texas State Technical College Community Health Walk/Run 5k/1M, please contact the Marketing Department at Harlingen Medical Center at 956-365-1848 or at