5K Latino Walk - Stay Healthy
Start: Sunday, April 7, 2013 @ 7:30 AM (EDT)
Atlanta , GA 30329
Registration Closing Date
Friday, April 5, 2013 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
Our population in young and relatively healthy. However, research shows that Latinos are at a higher risk to develop cardiovascular diseases and obesity among other health issues. Adding to those statistics, 2/3 of Latinos in the state lack access to health care, a much higher ration than the national average. 87% of all Latino children under 18 years old are American citizens. This is an initiative to get the community out to walk and incorporate exercise as part of their lives.
Why Buford Highway? Buford Highway is the most dangerous road for pedestrians in Georgia The corridor has a very high concentration of Hispanic and Asian immigrants that are predominantly low-income and can not afford cars or lack driving licenses to get to their work places, doctor appointments or schools. According to a PBS report, 25 percent of pedestrian accidents on Buford Highway involve pedestrians who are hit while trying to catch the bus. There are areas in Buford Highway in which there are 6/7 lanes of speeding traffic and crosswalks are a mile apart. Stopding to a PBS report, 25 percent of pedestrian accidents on Buford Highway involve pedestrians who are hit while trying to catch the bus. HHCGA wants to raise awareness that transportation is a key factor that impacts not only access to health care to people living around the corridor but also their ability to maintain an economically active and healthy lifestyle. Buford Highway is home to over 1,000 immigrant-owned businesses.