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On May 18, Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) participated in the annual Soul Stroll for Health, promoting good nutrition and physical activity as keys to better health in the African America, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander communities.
At the Soul Stroll, Glaucoma Research Foundation board members Michael L. Penn, Sr. and Bill Stewart emphasized the high-risk for glaucoma in the African American community. Questions from many Spanish-speaking participants were also addressed as information about glaucoma and eye health was handed out to over 200 “strollers.” Popular publications included “African Americans and Glaucoma,” the Gleams newsletter, and the Spanish-language educational booklet “Cómo Entender Y Vivir Con Glaucoma.”
This year GRF was one of 51 vendors who distributed valuable health education information and provided incentives for those who visited all the tables or completed the walk. Over 2500 “strollers” covered a five-mile route along the beautiful Bayfront path in San Mateo’s Coyote Point Park. In addition to the vendors, the event was orchestrated with the assistance of 150 community volunteers from Project 90, sororities & fraternities, teens, and other civic organizations.
Soul Stroll for Health is sponsored by the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) with the stated goal from Gloria Brown, Soul Stroll Chair and Founder, "to raise awareness of the benefits of good nutrition and exercise in preventing disease."
Last reviewed on September 16, 2013