Pennington Biomedical to Host Inaugural Community Event

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Released: Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Doc's DASH 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run to Feature Healthy Fun for Families

BATON ROUGE, LA – On Saturday, September 27, 2014 LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center will host  a community 5K and 1-mile fun run and family event for all ages - "Doc's DASH."

"This is a health and wellness event for the greater Baton Rouge community," said William T. Cefalu, MD, executive director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  "Thanks to Doc Pennington's gift in the 1980's, Baton Rouge and Pennington Biomedical are forever intertwined with the health of our community.  Doc's DASH and the events planned alongside it will provide an interactive, personalized health experience featuring some of the great research underway at Pennington Biomedical." 

Doc's DASH is the inaugural run in what will become an annual event to benefit Pennington Biomedical.

Why the name "Doc's DASH"?  In the early 1980's, C.B. "Doc" Pennington and his wife Irene bestowed upon LSU a $125 million gift to create "the biggest and best nutrition research center in the country." Their gift created a stunning 234-acre campus in Baton Rouge housing 688,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art laboratories, clinics, conference facilities and office space.  Doc's vision has been realized.  Today, Pennington Biomedical has become one of the foremost academic nutritional research institutions in the world.  The generosity of Doc and Mrs. Irene has enabled scientific discoveries that have changed the way America eats, exercises and ages; and has advanced treatments for diseases from diabetes and dementia to obesity.  "DASH" is a hat tip to one such groundbreaking Pennington Biomedical discovery – the DASH Diet, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 healthy diet in America for the past four years.

Recognizing the continued support of the Pennington family, and in honor of Doc and Mrs. Irene, their granddaughter, Paula de la Bretonne, will serve as the inaugural race ambassador. "I hope that everyone will join us for this fantastic event and run Doc's DASH with us in memory of Doc and Mrs. Irene and the incredible impact of their generosity on our community," said Melissa Lupo, race director and wellness coordinator at Pennington Biomedical.

Event Details:                                  

Doc's DASH 5K & 1-mile Fun Run
Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:30 – 11:30 AM
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Registration is open!  Click here to register today!

Pennington Biomedical puts science to work for a healthier Louisiana. Help our explorers provide hope for a healthier tomorrow to those suffering or at risk from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity and dementia. Your support helps us continue to recruit and retain the finest scientists, advance discoveries to prevent disease and benefit mankind, and build a knowledge-based pathway to economic development for our region and state. 

To learn more about Doc's DASH please visit our website at or email


The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the causes of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. Itis a campus of the Louisiana State University System and conducts basic, clinical and population research. The research enterprise at the Center includes approximately 80 faculty and more than 25 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 50 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dieticians, and support personnel, and 19 highly specialized core service facilities.  The Center's more than 500 employees perform research activities in state-of-the-art facilities on the 234-acre campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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