Get moving for mental wellness

Happy woman on treadmill

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) While some people focus on physical health, mental health is equally as important.

Hope Network says there is a strong connection between physical and mental health. Historically, they were viewed as different conditions with different treatments. Now experts know they need to treat the whole person.

Physical and mental health both impact each other. A mental health condition may make it harder for a person to stay active, which can lead to physical conditions like diabetes. Also, when someone has a condition like heart disease, they can develop depression.

This year, 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental illness. That’s the focus behind Hope Network’s 1 in 5 Marathon Relay. On Saturday, May 28, teams of five runners will run a five mile loop. The fifth runner must go 6.2 miles, a more challenging course to represent the one in five living with a mental illness.

The event is meant to raise awareness for and acceptance of people with mental illness. The race starts and finishes at Millennium Park, starting at 8 a.m. There is also a 1.5 mile community walk for kids and families at 10 a.m.. There will be music, food trucks, bounce houses, and crafts.

Register online to participate. Number pick-up and late registration is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27.

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