Scramble shines light on diabetes prevention


By Sue Cody

Diabetes run Fort Clatsop was hopping with runners and walkers Sept. 26 for the Outpace Diabetes Scramble. Public Affairs Manager for Providence Seaside Hospital Paulette McCoy said about 75 people signed up for the 5K/10K scramble.



Diabetes run startA shot from a musket sent the racers on their way at Netul Landing.



The Outpace Diabetes run began in 2013, and Fort Clatsop’s South Slough Scramble was held about the same time, McCoy said. “We decided to combine the runs and get a bigger crowd.” So this year, the hospital and Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District partnered with Lewis and Clark National Historical Park to sponsor the run.



Diabetes run Beth SchwenkThe event was formed to raise awareness about diabetes. Beth Schwenk, a certified diabetes educator with Providence Seaside Hospital, offered advice and materials about diabetes at the event.



“This is a great way to get people up and out,” Schwenk said. “We want people to avoid getting diabetes. Physical activity is just as important as diet.”



“Physical activity decreases insulin resistance. Sugar builds up in the blood … physical activity helps get it out,” she said.

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