The ground was soggy and the rain came down hard, but that didn’t stop Fitness Together trainers Jess DeVoid, Troy Allard and Megan Anderson from getting the crowds riled up for the walk that lay ahead. With Pink’s “Get this Party Started” blasting in the background, the three led participants for the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes through stretches, jumping jacks and other exercises as onlookers cheered from the sidelines.
Steve Lichtman, owner of Fitness Together Westborough gets walkers fired up.
Held on October 1 at Worcester’s UMass Medical School Campus, the walk raised awareness and funds to research, prevent, cure and manage diabetes. Steve Lichtman, whose Fitness Together Studio in Westborough is listed among the top corporate fundraisers for the event, said, “We really have two objectives here: one, for people to raise money and awareness to find a cure for diabetes, but also there’s a huge growing population of people with pre-diabetes and if we don’t do something about that from an exercise perspective, were going to see some problems in the years to come.”
The walk was one of several such events to take place in New England this fall. The Central Massachusetts Step Out Walk, has thus far raised over 60% of their total fundraising goal of $100, 000. Fitness Together in Westborough is one of many Fitness Together studios in New England raising money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. Last year the group was given an award by the ADA for raising over $54, 000 for diabetes research.
The next such event will take place in Boston on October 22. Go here to participate or donate
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