By Heather Collins
A 15-year-old Carmel High School student has organized the first community walk in Carmel to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
Rahul Devathu believes that preventing Type 2 diabetes is well within reach. He said he wants to encourage people to take steps toward a healthy lifestyle and be purposeful with their words and actions toward that goal.
“We have heard the talk, often even preach it, but the unfortunate truth is we don’t walk the walk,” Devathu said. “With this in mind we decided to name the event Walk the Walk, illustrating our goal of actually proving our words with action.”
Devathu, a member of Team Pioneer, said his inspiration for launching the event was the values instilled in him from his upbringing and his desire to help people.
“A community walk jumped out at us because it would be the first walk in Carmel as part of the ADA’s Step Out program, and also because it presented us with an opportunity to really display our commitment to wellness and fight against diabetes through action,” Devathu said. “It was simply one of the best ways to reach out to our community.”
Walk the Walk will feature an ADA-certified nutritionist and staff members who will be available to answer questions. The 5K walk will begin at 9 a.m. July 22 at River Road Park, 12575 River Rd. Participants are encouraged to report to the registration desk 30 minutes before the start time.
“It is important that the community joins this movement, because regardless of my individual efforts, true change and real progress is only brought about through collective action,” Devathu said.
Walk the Walk 5K
When: 9 a.m. July 22
Where: River Road Park, 12575 River Rd., Carmel
Cost: Suggested minimum donation of $5 for children and students, $10 for adults
More info: main.diabetes.org/goto/walk-the-walk