Wednesday, April 29, 2015

River Valley Counseling Center 4th Annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

The River Valley Counseling Center (RVCC), an affiliate of Holyoke Medical Center and member of Valley Health Systems, will hold its 4th Annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk fundraiser on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Funds raised will support RVCC in providing mental health and other supportive services to individuals, families and groups in the Pioneer Valley.

The first 100 registrants for this year's Run/Walk event for River Valley will receive a free T-shirt. The deadline for mail-in registration is Friday, June 5, 2015 with on-line registration accepted until Wednesday, June 11, 2015. An awards ceremony and festivities with food and entertainment will be held following the race. The race will be held rain or shine.

Download a registration at or register on-line at

This is RVCC's premier fundraising event and it promotes the importance of exercise and wellness. "Research shows that people with mental illness have a life span 25 years shorter than that of the general population. There is a clear connection between mental and physical health, as sedentary life styles, poor nutrition, smoking and side effects of medications, so often a part of mental illness, lead to chronic conditions--- from heart disease to diabetes. Funds that are raised through our corporate sponsors and community members allow RVCC to connect residents to the services they need," said Angela Lozano Callahan, MSW, RVCC Fundraising Committee member and race co-chair.

With clinics in Holyoke and Chicopee and a drop-in center in Springfield, RVCC provides comprehensive mental health and other supportive services to individuals, families and groups through a dedicated multidisciplinary team of social workers, counselors, psychologists, clinical nurse specialists and psychiatrists. Programs include:

· Intensive psychiatric day treatment programs
· Teen clinics and school-based health centers to help underserved youth
· Chicopee School-Based services
· HIV/AIDS support services
· Employee Assistance Programs
· Community outreach therapy and
· Medication services.

For additional information visit or contact Angela L. Callahan at (413) 540-1199 dial *335 or email

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