Coplin Health Systems (CHS) Diabetes Initiative is once again teaming up with the City of Ravenswood to host the fourth annual Dash for Diabetes 5k Walk/Run event. This year’s race will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Ravenswood Riverfront Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

For the past four years, this annual race pushes for diabetes awareness by encouraging participants and onlookers to practice healthy eating and routine exercise. Throughout the year, CHS hosts several other community events and programs to shed light on the diabetes epidemic and diabetes prevention.

Each year, CHS urges Jackson County and the surrounding area to support this annual event to promote health and wellness throughout the region.

“We strive to educate the community through these events about the importance of practicing a healthy lifestyle. Many people don’t understand that Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented by healthy eating and regular daily exercise,” said Cherrie L. Cowan, NP-C, Certified Advanced Diabetes Management NP and Certified Diabetes Educator. “By hosting this annual event, we hope that the community and participants recognize that lifestyle changes can play a major role when it comes to managing and preventing the disease.”

Proceeds from the race will go to CHS Diabetes Initiative and Ravenswood Youth Sports Program to continue

the encouragement of healthy lifestyles within the community.

“The City of Ravenswood is thrilled once again to host this annual educational event where participants and attendees can learn more about diabetes and tips on how to deter the disease,” Ravenswood Mayor Josh Miller said. “Dash for Diabetes will always be welcomed in Ravenswood, and we hope that the diabetes epidemic conversations continue outside of the annual event.”

With new online registration capabilities, folks can now skip the line by registering online at To guarantee your race t-shirt, you have until March 6 to pre-register. Fees for pre-registration are $20 for participants 18 years and older and $10 for 17 years and younger. Race day registration will cost $25 for those 18 years and older and $15 for 17 years and younger. Same-day registration shirts are not guaranteed.

For information on sponsoring this event or registration, visit

About Coplin Health Systems

In 1978 Wirt County Health Services Association (d.b.a. Coplin Health Systems) was established as a non-profit organization. Since then, Coplin Health Systems has expanded into seven different facilities located in Wirt County, Jackson County, Wood County in West Virginia and Meigs County in Ohio, including three school-based clinics. Coplin Health Systems specializes in primary care services. Coplin’s healthcare providers offer a full range of services for the entire family. They provide access to preventative and quality primary care services, as well as acute care services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Coplin is an advocate for children and families, alongside the communities and strive to give them the best possible care. Learn More About Coplin Health Systems.