Pennington Biomedical to Host Second Annual Doc's DASH 5k & 1-Mile Fun Run

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Healthy Fun for the Whole Family
Released: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Baton Rouge, LA – LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center will host its second annual community event, Doc's DASH, on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

The family event features a 5k and 1-mile fun run for all ages and fitness levels, along with games, health information, and community partners and exhibitors focused on local fitness and fun. Event logistics and details are listed below.

"We're proud to sponsor an event for the greater Baton Rouge community each year that promotes health and wellness," said Dr. William T. Cefalu, executive director of Pennington Biomedical. "We'll have some great family fun on September 26, including opportunities and information for getting involved in the many activities for health underway at Pennington Biomedical."

LSU basketball legend and fitness guru Rudy Macklin will return as emcee for the event. He will be joined this year by fellow emcee Whitney Vann, WBRZ-TV host and health enthusiast. LSU cheerleaders will be special guests during the event and there will be family activities such as kickboxing warm-ups, interactive science experiments, research opportunities, a photo booth, face painting, games and obstacle courses for kids.

Why the name "Doc's DASH"? In the early 1980's, C.B. "Doc" Pennington and his wife Irene bestowed upon LSU a $125 million gift to create "the biggest and best nutrition research center in the country." Today, Pennington Biomedical is one of the foremost academic nutritional research institutions in the world, enabling scientific discoveries that have changed the way America eats, exercises and ages; and that have advanced treatments for diseases from diabetes and dementia to obesity. "DASH" is a hat tip to one such groundbreaking Pennington Biomedical collaboration – the DASH Diet, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 healthy diet in America for the past five years.

Recognizing the continued support of the Pennington family, and in honor of Doc and Mrs. Irene, their granddaughter Paula Pennington de la Bretonne will return as Doc's DASH race ambassador.

Doc's DASH 5k & 1-Mile Fun Run
Saturday, September 26, 2015 ∙ 7:00 – 11:00a.m.
LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center ∙ 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
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The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. It is a campus of Louisiana State University and conducts basic, clinical and population research. The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes approximately 80 faculty and more than 25 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 44 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and support personnel, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Pennington Biomedical's more than 500 employees perform research activities in state-of-the-art facilities on the 222-acre campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.