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The Undy 5000 Comes to Washington, D.C. to Help Increase Colon Cancer Awareness

The first annual Washington, DC Undy 5000 5K run will be held on Sunday, October 3 at 8:00 AM at East Potomac Park. The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), a national patient advocacy organization, will host the event as part of its week long DC Goes Blue campaign, which is designed to help educate the public about colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

“Washington, DC has one of the highest incidence rates of colon cancer in the nation,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “Bringing our highly successful Undy 5000 to Washington, DC provides us with a great opportunity to bring greater awareness to colon cancer and the importance of being screened to help prevent this disease. This is a fun, healthy way to inform people about colon cancer, while helping save lives.”

School Lunches Affected by Slow Economy and Budget Cuts

Education Week reports that due to summer school and transportation budget cuts in Montgomery County schools (and in counties across the country) fewer children are getting free lunches in at least one school district.

The recession has made an impact in school lunch and nutrition programs funded by the Department of Agriculture.  The number of free lunches provided to children in the summer has dropped drastically, and the outcome is proving to be detrimental to low income families.

While the cuts in free lunch assistance are heavy this summer, the program should be stabilized for the fall school year.

To read more, visit: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/16/01nutrition.h30.html?tkn=MMLFZq6PoVB8iFvgg7dQ1KSCyQH0m549TsDC&cmp=clp-edweek