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Blue Ribbon MILK 5K/ 1 Mile Walk to be Held at WHA State Picnic
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/12/2017

A run-walk event to raise money for rural mental health issues is being held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Holstein Association's annual summer picnic this year. It's being called the Blue Ribbon MILK 5K/1 Mile Walk: Steps of Hope for Farmers at Gildale Holsteins on September 17 in Hollandale.

The Blue Ribbon 4-H Club of Iowa County will coordinate the activity, in which proceeds from the race will benefit program development supporting mental health of farmers, donating milk to a food pantry and the 4-H Club.

Coordinator Brenda Gilbertson says the Steps of Hope for Farmers is shedding light on areas of darkness in rural communities.

"One in four Americans experiences mental health problems or disorders in any given year," Gilbertson said. "According to a 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, suicide rates for workers in the agricultural, fishing and forestry industry are the highest of any other occupational group, exceeding rates in other high-risk populations, including veterans."

The race will also support efforts to donate fresh milk to a local food pantry. On average, people served by food banks receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year.

Registration for the Blue Ribbon MILK 5K/ 1 Mile walk is $20 per person can be found at www.blueribbonmilk.racewire.com.

Wisconsin Holstein Members are encouraged to arrive early to the picnic and lace up their sneakers to participate in this race. The top placing Holstein member will be recognized along with the first place female and male and the top 10 & under participant.

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