Health & Fitness

Buddy Walk raises awareness about Down syndrome

The 7th Annual Buddy Walk, to raise awareness about Down syndrome, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 on the Heartspring campus, 8700 E. 29th St. North.

The one-mile walk will include family activities afterward, such as games, music, free food, moonwalks, face-painting and a teen room.

The event is free, but registration is requested. Go to the Down Syndrome Society of Wichita website,, or call Michelle Sanchez at 316-617-9102. Registration also will be available the day of the walk, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Nationwide, nearly 300 Buddy Walks take place each year. The walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Last year's Wichita walk drew 1,661 walkers and 160 volunteers.

SIDS Awareness Month

The SIDS Network of Kansas and state and local organizations are marking October as SIDS Awareness Month, and the SIDS Network is making available a video it created with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It can be viewed at

Sudden infant death syndrome is most common in otherwise healthy infants 2 to 4 months old who die without warning during sleep.

Here are other resources about infant mortality:

* Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality,

* SIDS Network of Kansas,

* Sedgwick County Health Department,

Weight Loss Challenge

Deana Hudson, a personal wellness coach, is starting a new 12-week Weight Loss Challenge.

The cost is $35; $25 of each registration will be paid to the three people with the highest percentage of weight loss, as will fees for weight gained or failure to weigh in.

Participants can use any weight-loss program they want. The classes at Genesis Health Club at 854 N. Socora will be at 2 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 5, or at 6 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 7. For more information or to register, call Hudson at 888-936-8629.

—Karen Shideler