PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aria Health is proud to announce its first annual Aria Health Lung Cancer Run/Walk on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Towpath in Washington Crossing, Pa. The family-friendly 10K run, 5K run and walk, and 1K walk for kids is intended to raise awareness for lung cancer prevention and to promote lung health. Proceeds from the event will go towards Aria Health's ongoing Lung Cancer Screening Program efforts, specifically to providing free screenings to uninsured and underinsured members of the communities Aria Serves throughout the year.
"Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in our country which is why it is so crucial to take action and raise awareness of the importance of lung health in the areas we serve," said Richard S. Chang, MD, FACS, director of thoracic surgery at Aria Health. "In 2014, the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) distinguished our Lung Screening Program as a Center of Excellence, and this Lung Run is just another example of our continued commitment to the community to create awareness and provide education on lung cancer."
The largest healthcare provider in Northeast Philadelphia and Lower Bucks County, Aria Health will kick-off the first annual Lung Cancer Run/Walk on Sunday, September 20 at the General Greene Pavilion in Washington Crossing Historic Park. The competitive and timed 10K and 5K course will begin at the Washington Crossing Historic Park along the towpath in Delaware Canal State Park. The kids 1K course will take place on the Circle of Concentration. Registration will open at 6 a.m., and the first run begins at 8 a.m.
In addition to the run/walk, the event will also feature giveaways and activities for runners, walkers and attendees including face painting, balloon making and tours of an ambulance and a fire truck. Registration for the Aria Health Run/Walk is now open! For more information about the run or to sign up to participate, visit AriaHealth.org/LungRun. The registration fee is $30 for adults, and children 12-years-old and younger can register for free. Registration is also available on the day of the event.
Aria Health Offers Community Wide Lung Health Programs
- The Clearing the Air Smoking Cessation Program
According to the American Lung Association, men who smoke are 23 times more likely, and women 13 times more likely to develop lung cancer compared to those who have never smoked. To educate and help people in the community quit smoking, Aria Health will offer a free, five-week program at both the Bucks and Torresdale campuses:
- Aria Health – Bucks County: Every Monday from September 21 - November 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
- Aria Health – Torresdale: Every Wednesday from November 4 - December 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Registration is required. To register, please call 215-710-2264 for the Aria Health – Bucks County classes, and 1-877-808-ARIA (2742) for the Aria Health – Torresdale classes.
- Lung Cancer Screenings
Aria Health offers low dose CT scans for the early detection of lung cancer, which are offered on an ongoing basis by appointment. Screenings are recommended for current smokers or smokers who have quit in the last 15 years who are between the ages of 55 and 80-years-old. For those who would like more details on the program or to schedule a screening, please call 215-612-5050.
For more information about the programs offered at Aria Health, please call 1-877-808-ARIA (2742) or visit AriaHealth.org.
About Aria Health
Aria Health is the largest healthcare provider in Northeast Philadelphia and Lower Bucks County. With three leading-edge community hospitals and a strong network of outpatient centers and primary care physicians, Aria upholds a longstanding tradition of bringing advanced medicine and personal care to the many communities it serves. For more information about Aria Health please visit www.ariahealth.org "Like" Aria Health on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ariahealth and "Follow" Aria Health on Twitter at @AriaHealth.
Jessica Jacobs, Brian Communications
Maria Cerceo Slade, Aria Health
SOURCE Aria Health