PRESS RELEASE: SUNDAY MAY 1, 2016 EVENT
WHAT: 3RD ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO 5K SOBRIETY RUN/WALK & HEALTHY FOOD FESTIVAL
WHERE: John Valenzuela Youth Center 1550 S 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713
WHEN: MAY 1, 2016
Healthy B-fast : 9:am
WHO: UA-Mexican American Studies, UA-MEChA & Calpolli Teoxicalli.
WHY: To promote healthy living as opposed to alcoholism and the desecration of a historic date in history
On Sunday May 1, students from my Cultural Nutrition class at the University of Arizona have organized the 3rd annual Cinco de Mayo Sobriety Run/Walk. Every year during Cinco de Mayo, rather than celebrate a historic Mexican battle against the French, this “holiday” has been converted into and has descended into a beer/liquor fest. The objective of the sobriety run/walk is to bring about consciousness regarding the rampant alcoholism that plagues communities nationwide. And it is also to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.
Along with my students, Supervisor Richard Elias, Doña Maria Garcia (La Indita Restaurant) and Rainbow Lopez (Tohono O’Otham nutritionist), will be speaking. Also speaking will be Maria Molina and Chucho Ruiz, representing Calpolli Teoxicalli. They will be speaking about the sobriety movement in the Indigenous/Mexican communities nationwide, and its special importance during Cinco de Mayo.
A healthy brunch will be provided by my students, La Indita restaurant and Rainbow Lopez (her famous healthy fry bread). Students will also be making healthy traditional drinks, including Chia for the runners. There will be a piñata for the kids… and maybe one for adults. There will also be ongoing presentations at tables re healthy foods, plus spoken word by our very own Alexia Mora, both a student in the cultural nutrition class, and co-chair of UA MEChA.
Again, the ceremonial run/walk, led by Calpolli Teoxicalli, will begin at 8am. Everyone rund or walks together and no one gets left behind. The food begins at 9am. Hope to see you there.
Roberto Dr. Cintli” Rodriguez