Getting healthy with Healthy West Orange

Healthy West Orange is at it again, offering healthy activities for the community this summer and fall.

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Here’s a fun opportunity for getting healthy this year! The Beary Healthy 5K Challenge is a three-part walk/run, with events stretching from August to October.

The first event is the Back to School WOW (West Orange Walk) at Hamlin in Horizon West. It starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Participants can walk or run the 3.1 miles, with members of Orlando Health and Bears Who Care cheering them on.

Register by Aug. 16 at

The second event is Healthy Selfie 5K Your Way, taking place throughout September. Run or walk 3.1 miles on your own or at the Healthy Selfie 5K on Sept. 15 at Hamlin. Registrants will receive shirts and medals o a first-come, first-served basis. Quantities are limited.
Register for Healthy Selfie 5K Your Way at
The third event is OktoBEARfest from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at Hamlin. See how much you've improved from the last two events and run the 3.1-mile course one more time. Run, walk or jog for a worthwhile cause, Bears Who Care, which provides teddy bears and books to children in need throughout the community. After the 5K, enjoy a morning of fun activities.

To register for OktoBEARfest, go to

Participants who complete all three events will receive an exclusive race medal.
Prizes and awards for Healthy West Orange events are limited to residents in West Orange County ZIP codes.
For information on the organizations, visit or

For details on the race, email [email protected].



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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