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Madison Mini-Marathon Promotes Women's Health: Aug. 29

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MADISON – Because women who exercise improve their chances for both conception and a healthy pregnancy, the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has signed on as this year's charity partner of the Madison Mini-Marathon.

 

Madison Mini-Marathon: August 29 | Event Info

 

The event begins at 7am, Saturday, August 29 at the UW Memorial Union.

 

A 13.1 mile race and 5 kilometer run/walk will both begin and end at the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street.

 

Verona native Casey FitzRandolph, gold medal winner in speed-skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games and promoter of health and wellness programs, will also be present.

 

The Ob/Gyn Department wants to use this event to emphasize the importance of exercise during pregnancy. 

 

"Exercise can help relieve many symptoms during pregnancy, including fatigue, backache, constipation, and sleep disruption, as well as improve mood," says Gregory Bills, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  "Obesity is directly related to numerous maternal and perinatal risks, including hypertension, increased risk of Caesarean births, and post-partum infection."

 

To find out more about the Madison Mini-Marathon, visit www.madisonminimarathon.com.

 

Volunteers are still needed to register runners and assist them during the events.

 

Date published: 8/25/2009  


Date Published: 08/26/2009

News tag(s):  obgyn

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