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  • Pima County, University of Arizona partner on cycling and diabetes prevention event for Ajo residents

    Jan 30, 2017 | Read More News
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    Cycling and diabetes prevention are the focus of a training session Saturday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ajo’s Desert Senita Community Health Center, 410 N. Malacate St.

    Sponsors are Pima County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the American Diabetes Association’s Red Riders, Bike Ajo, “Plan4Health - an American Planning Association project, the UA Department of Mexican American Studies and Desert Senita Community Health Center.
    Matt Zoll with bikes
    The event includes training on diabetes education, prevention and treatment, led by public health professionals and the American Diabetes Association’s Red Riders -- cyclists living with diabetes. Participants should register by Feb. 2 with Lily Williams, a community health worker based in Ajo, at 520-387-5651, ext. 5595.

    The event is one of several that are sponsored by “Bike Ajo,” whose goal is building a sustainable cycling hub that educates, trains, provides resources and builds health-based partnerships with the Ajo community. The coalition is working to build a community cycling center that embraces cycling for transportation, health, recreation and as an economic driver for the region.

    Another element of that partnership was the outing last fall where UA and Pima County officials delivered 36 bikes to Ajo Middle School. Funding for those bikes, repair equipment and supplies came from the federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds and Pima County funds. Earlier last fall, the team also delivered 600 helmets to the school. 

    Bike Ajo, based at Desert Senita Community Health Center, gets funding from a Plan4Health grant overseen by Martha Moore-Monroy, principal investigator and program manager at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The grant is part of the Plan4Health program run out of the Arizona Planning Association, which supports the project with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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