Diabetes Plagues Midlands Zip Code

7:40 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The upcoming South Carolina Cornbread Festival is about celebrating good food, but it is also about good health.

One of the events is a sugar-free run walk.

Healthy Columbia is excited about the first ever live sugar-free run/walk. Organizers hope the race will be motivation to those who carry around extra weight.

"It is time for me to face reality, I am a diabetic," said Kent Guess Sr.

Guess is a veteran with 2 children and 12 grandchildren and he has always called North Columbia home.

"I grew up in 29203."

Guess says that zip code is an ongoing battle, one he is determined to win.

"It is our understanding that 29203 has the highest amputation rate in the nation," said Terri Jowers, Campaign Director for Healthy Columbia.

Jowers is heading up the live sugar-free 5K run/walk during the cornbread festival, hoping to educate everyone in the Midlands and particularly those in that deadly zip code that change is needed.

"There are a lot of health disparities here, population of 46,000 people of those, 50 percent are medicaid or medicare and 30 percent are uninsured."

This race is just one step closer toward making Columbia a healthier city.

"We want to see people eating healthy and taking action," said Jowers.

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