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ALMH announces 5K event

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[September 12, 2011]  Whether you're looking for a challenge, a reason to get fit or just want to be inspired, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital's Moving Forward 5K offers something for everyone who wants to live a healthier lifestyle.

HardwareThe community hospital's first 5K will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 15 at Edward R. Madigan State Park. The 5K will be timed and results will be posted online after the event, but no prizes will be given. This unique race is designed to help the community reach personal health goals and help educate about the benefits of exercise.

For first-time runners or walkers, there are a variety of training schedules available online from organizations such as Mayo Clinic, and's Couch-to-5K program.

"We invite everyone to challenge themselves with a goal of completing the 5K," said Elise Anderson, a physical therapy assistant at ALMH and co-coordinator of Moving Forward. "Whether running for the first time, improving their running time or finishing the course by walking, every one of us can improve our physical activity."

Todd Mourning, manager of rehabilitation services at ALMH, suggests seeking the advice of your physician before starting a running program. For those who are able to run, he said the benefits are numerous.

"You're going to have more energy throughout the day. You're going to feel better once you get past the initial soreness," Mourning said. "If you exercise before you eat, it can significantly reduce your appetite at the next meal."

He suggests proper shoes, warming up and cooling down the muscles during a workout, as well as learning proper stretching and form.

Walkers and runners will sign in for the 5K beginning at 7:30 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m.

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To register, call 605-5012. The fee is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event, and all participants will receive a T-shirt. Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided afterward.

"October is also National Physical Therapy Month -- a time when we traditionally recognize the role our professionals play in helping people improve their health by staying fit, active and independent," Mourning said. "Our commitment to healthy living extends throughout the year, and we should be moving forward in every season of life."

ALMH is a critical-access hospital that has served the community since 1902. Now located on Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, the hospital employs more than 290 in a wide variety of job functions and is affiliated with Memorial Health System in Springfield.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]

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