Employee Wellness

Correctional workers group sponsors Sacramento 5K walk to fight obesity

Twenty people facing camera with a sign with the words Team Justice
California Correctional Workers Who Care formed a Team Justice to fight for worthy causes.

By Office of Public and Employee Communications staff

Correctional Workers Who Care, also known as CWWC, is hosting a health-promoting 5K walk/dance Aug. 10 in Sacramento in conjunction with The Sacramento Banana Festival.

Organizers hope the walk and exercise event at William Land Park will promote community wellness and bring attention to the major health problem of obesity. (CWWC annually promotes healthy lifestyle events.)

Diane Shepherd, a CDCR employee and founder of Correctional Workers Who Care, said more than half the population struggles with their weight. In California statistics show 58 percent of whites, 73 percent of blacks, 72 percent of Hispanics, 39 percent of Asian/Native Islanders, 74 percent of American Indians and 67 percent of all others are overweight.

She said obesity rates are alarmingly high. In 2011-2014, African American girls were 50 percent more likely to be overweight than any other race, she said. African American men are 60 percent more likely to die from a stroke than their white counterparts.

Registration is 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. The event runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the Sutterville Road side of the park. The walk will be around the golf course.

Registration is $20 before Aug. 5 and $25 afterward. Call (916) 220-9686 for more information.

Children age 12 and under can register free.

A paid registration comes with entry into the Banana Festival and a goody bag. The festival will provide water and light snacks. The festival organizers will award a prize for the best banana costume. Parking around the park is free (but limited).

Parking at nearby Sacramento City College is $2 all day.