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Passport to WellnessCOLUMBUS, Miss. – The Passport to Wellness campaign will kick off in May with the  Market Street “Splash of Color” 5K Walk/Run at the Riverwalk on May 3 at 8 a.m. Participants will be splashed with color as they run or walk the 5K course.


Registration before April 25th is $20.00 and after is $25.00.  Students and military personnel will receive a $5.00 discount. 

“Passport to Wellness is a great opportunity for the W and the community to make health a priority,” said April Barlow, coordinator of professional learning in the Center for Outreach and Innovation at The W.

On Tuesday, May 6 from 6 - 7p.m. in Hogarth Dining Room, Dr. Bethany Reed Hairston, director of The Dermatology Clinic in Columbus, will present, “Healthy Skin: Prevent, Protect, Perfect.” Hairston will educate attendees on how to prevent skin damage from the effects of UV light, to protect skin from environmental damage of UV light and weather changes and to perfect aging or damaged skin.

Attendees will also gain insights on how to diminish wrinkling and uneven skin pigmentation, how to keep skin hydrated, as well as guidance in choosing the best cosmeceuticals or cosmetic procedures for the skin.

Hairston, a board certified dermatologist, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the Women’s Dermatologic Society. She attended The University of Mississippi School of Medicine and trained in preliminary medicine at University Medical Center in Jackson before completing her residency training in Dermatology at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and is currently on staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. In July 2011, she was recognized as one of the Top 50 businesswomen in Mississippi.

Passport to Wellness is a year-long program, which, through education and action programming, addresses the problem of unhealthy lifestyle choices relating to diet and physical activity.  The program, funded by a $252,000 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, will enable participants to make healthier lifestyle choices through a series of educational and community events emphasizing health and wellness.

Barlow added, “We hope this collaboration will create positive changes in overall health choices and awareness for our campus and community.”

To register for the 5K visit: www.muw.edu/passporttowellness

April 16, 2014
Contact: Janie Guyton Shields
(662) 329-7119
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