Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to Host Annual Race on Sunday

Tie up your laces and getting running at the Nutrition Fuels Fitness Rhode Race and Expo.

The Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a state affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics and is the largest professional organization of food and nutrition experts. Their mission is two-fold; empower Registered Dietitian Nutritionists through advocacy and education so that they can serve their communities as nutrition experts by improving the overall health and nutrition of all Rhode Islanders.

Their major fundraiser, the Nutrition Fuels Fitness Rhode Race, is in its fifteenth season with Kimberly Koness and Sue Manchester co-chairing the event. The sole purpose of the race is to promote family fitness and community participation and instill the idea that adopting a healthy lifestyle can prevent and treat chronic diseases. “We try to do things by getting the community involved, so this is truly a great opportunity for people to get out and be active,” says Koness.

Members of RIAND help to ensure that the event runs smoothly and that all those participating feel the effects of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. A health expo will also take place throughout the duration of the race until awards are handed out around noon time. It will include an ‘ask the dietician table,’ health screenings, local vendors, entertainment, activities for the kiddos and the chance to win raffle prizes. Local groups including students from the University of Rhode Island pharmacy and physical therapy organizations will also have booths located at the carousels for additional healthy living tips and tricks. Post-race snacks and refreshments will be provided too. “The race has something for everyone. It is definitely a morning of fun for the whole family,” says Dara LoBuono, State Media Representative for RIAND.  

Runners can take part in the one-mile fun run at 9:30 a.m., the original 5-K race or the newly added 10-K race at 10 a.m. All races are USATF sanctioned races and each race course is certified. “One thing we have always done is to encourage people to participate – you don’t have to be a runner,” says Koness. “These races make exercise fun!”

Part of the funds raised benefit RIAND, but also benefit the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition, a group that is committed to making all Rhode Island schools healthy places for children to learn, grow and thrive. RIAND has also paired with the American Heart Association for this year’s race to benefit the Go Red for Women campaign. The race will be held on April 8 at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick. For additional information or to register online visit their website.

Tie up your laces and get going!




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