5K with a cause draws Dr. Oz to Salt Lake City

- SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – More than 2500 participants lined up bright and early for the USANA Champions for Change 5K.

It all started with a little warming up and a pep talk from Dr. Oz, declaring this is the place for him.

"I adore Salt Lake City for a number of reasons. For one, it's the healthiest city in the country and I couldn't say that for any where else, because it's true. It's been looked at in many different ways. And besides the general culture of being fit, you have the physical ability to go outside and do it," says Oz.

That's exactly what happened Saturday morning. The 5K started outside Energy Solutions Arena and went down 4th West and back.

With every step of the 3.1 miles, whether running or walking, participants are making a difference in the world.

All the proceeds from the race go to the USANA True Health Foundation, lifting those in need across the globe and here at home.

"We're helping everyone from children in Africa, who are starving to people who have been hit in the Philippines or Thailand by tsunamis or hurricanes out here in the U.S. What ever the disaster is, we try to help where we can," says USANA CEO, Dave Wentz.

Dr. Oz was helping where he can too. Offering words of encouragement to everyone he came in contact with along the route. Cheering them on to the finish, for a cause he can stand behind.


"If you have vigorous daily activity, I’m talking about half an hour, which is by the way as long as it takes to run a 5K, is half and hour, that means you will live longer," says Oz.

And humanity!

"To be able to give back is one of the great gifts we have in the world and when you can help kids, well they are the future and always will be the future," says Oz.

This 5K is part of a four day, international convention for USANA. There are about 7000 people attending from 19 different countries, pumping more than six million dollars into the local economy.

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