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Annual Veterinary Medicine 5K event focuses attention on need for greater health, wellness

September 11, 2019

Contact:  Anissa L. Riley, Director, Office of External Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine

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The Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine is promoting wellness through its second annual “Stride for Wellness” 5K walk/run event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 to benefit Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven, Inc. The partnership will help support programs and activities that are designed to enhance life skills, encourage mentorship, and foster academic success among youth in Macon County.

The Safe Haven was developed through a collaboration between the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation, the Tuskegee/Macon County Community Development Corporation and the Tuskegee Housing Authority. The Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven has grown to a year-round program featuring both an academic-year schedule and a summer camp.

Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ruby Perry, said during the last two years, the college’s Health and Wellness Initiative has not only educated its veterinary students, but has offered them opportunities to minimize high stress levels that veterinary students face while navigating the demands of their studies.

“Under the leadership of Dr. Roslyn Casimir, associate dean for academic and student affairs, and Kheri Spence, who serves as the TUCVM director of student success and retention, our students have benefited from meaningful programs designed to promote school-life balance, which is a necessity,” Perry said.

Like last year, the 5K Run/Walk will be the college’s featured fall semester health and wellness event. Also, again this year, the college is expanding its reach to include greater campus-wide and community participation, with the hopes of increasing awareness of and providing financial support to the Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven, Inc. 

The 5K race route will start and finish at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Patterson Hall. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., and walkers and runners will take their marks promptly at 9 a.m. Participants can walk, jog or run the 3.1-mile course that will wind through Tuskegee’s historic campus. The route will be marked with directional signs and course marshals will be present at every road to ensure safety.

Early registrants who sign up by the Sept. 13 deadline will receive a T-shirt and a discounted registration fee. In addition, prizes will be awarded to overall champions. For more information and to register, visit

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About Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven

The Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven Inc. is organized to undertake charitable and educational initiatives that seek to improve the living conditions of residents of the Macon County, Alabama, and the state’s Black Belt region; to provide technical assistance for families and communities seeking economic empowerment; and to provide professional youth development resources for youth in Macon County and the Black Belt region to become successful adults.