The fifth annual Soul Stroll for Health is slated for Aug. 8 in Sacramento.

The fifth annual Soul Stroll for Health is slated for Aug. 8 in Sacramento.

Soul Stroll for Health walk raises funds for charitable causes

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor

Signups are under way for the fifth annual Soul Stroll for Health in Sacramento.

Organized by Correctional Workers Who Care, the 5K walk is a fundraiser for families served by St. John Shelter and the Children’s Receiving Home. Funds also go toward hosting a Christmas breakfast and toy giveaway at the Sam and Bonnie Pannell Center. The walk is slated for 8 a.m., Aug. 8, at William Land Park, 3800 S. Land Park Drive, Sacramento.

The stroll also supports the County of Sacramento Black Infant Health program, which provides resources and services to improve the health of women and infants.

“This event brings awareness of health issues impacting communities of color and communities plagued by poverty,” said Diane Shepherd, an employee of the state prison system and founder of Correctional Workers Who Care. “Our goal is to eliminate disparities in health outcomes for all people.”

This year’s walk is partnering with the Banana Festival “to create an exciting start to this fun family event,” according to organizers.

“We want to ensure all people in Sacramento have the opportunity to thrive no matter where they live, work, play, worship or attend school,” Shepherd said. “We can all take a step in ensuring the next generation of children resides in healthy communities.”

According to Shepherd, Sacramento City Councilman Rick Jennings, a former Raider football player, will serve as Honorary Chair for the walk this year.

“Rick was drafted in 1976 in the 11th round by the Oakland Raiders professional football team. With Rick returning punts and kickoffs, the Oakland Raiders won Super Bowl XI with a score of 32-14 over the Minnesota Vikings,” his city biography states.

How common are infant deaths?

Sacramento County ranks the third highest in the state for infant deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health.

In 2012, 110 infants died in the county. The rate was nearly 25 percent higher than the statewide average.

According to the report, the infant death rate among blacks in the county was three times higher than the rate for whites.

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