Heywood Healthcare Hosts 5th Annual ‘Healthy Harvest 5K’ to Raise Funds for Mental Health Initiatives

November 6, 2017

Nearly 150 participated in the 5th Annual Heywood Healthcare Healthy Harvest 5K “Run/Walk For Mental Health” on Saturday, November 4th

The 3.1mile family-friendly course started and ended at Heywood Hospital and was targeted to all fitness levels. Participants had the option to walk or run the course.

Organizations connected to local health initiatives such as the SHINE initiative, the Greater Gardner Community Health Center, the Gardner Rotary Club, and several others participated in the event, providing information on health topics, such as peer recovery, how to talk to teens concerning alcohol and drugs, and how to care for elders who need more services. 

Energy was in the air as students from Gardner High School and the Monty Tech ROTC, helped to direct foot and motor traffic, ensuring participants were safely guided through the course. Winchendon Junior Girl Scout Troop 64509 gave runners and walkers a much needed high five and bottle of water upon completing the race.  Music from Masters of Music DJ Services had the crowd on their feet dancing, and complementary donuts and cider from the Red Apple Farm, and egg sandwiches made by the Gardner Rotary Club put a smile on everyone’s face!

Top Runners:

  1.        Caitlin DiFava - 00:19:11:53
  2.        Jonathan Miganowicz -  00:19:57:28
  3.       John Worden, V - 00:20:32:53
  4.       Michael Casavant - 00:21:58:33
  5.       Gary Dilling - 00:22:01:30
  6.       Alan Scherer - 00:22:17:29
  7.       Daniel Johnson - 00:22:38:53
  8.       Matthew Peabody - 00:22:40:53
  9.       John Worden, IV - 00:23:01:37
  10.       Bob White - 00:24:07:79

Top Timed Walkers

  1.        Jim Maver 00:26:47.54
  2.        Gaynor Goan 00:40:45.56

For a list of race results and results by category visit www.heywood.org/HH5K.

The Heywood Healthy Harvest 5K has been supported by local businesses since its inception. This year’s Presenting Sponsors included Baldwinville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Coverys, Fallon Healthcare, HUB International Limited, Gardner Rehab and Nursing Center and SHINE.

Special thank you too all our sponsors, including the 2017 Mental Health Champions: Baldwinville Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Coverys, The Nottleson Family, The SHINE Inititive and Unitil.

Dawn Casavant, Heywood Healthcare Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Philanthropy Officer stated to participants: “Because of each and every one of you, today’s race grossed over $10,000 to help us continue our community-based mental health and suicide prevention efforts, to include leadership of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, the Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative, and a variety of school and community-based education and care coordination services.”

For more information on these initiatives, please contact the Heywood Healthcare Philanthropy Office at (978) 630-6431. 

Pictured are the race winners. Photo courtesy of Jeff Bowers.


About Athol Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. Athol Hospital’s services include 24/7 Emergency Care, Oncology, Radiology and Laboratory, Diabetes Center and Center for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Heywood Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, which provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center; and the Heywood Heart and Vascular Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.

About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; the Quabbin Retreat in Petersham, MA; and Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region. The organization includes six satellite facilities in MA; Heywood Rehabilitation Center and Heywood Urgent Care in Gardner; West River Health Center in Orange; Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon; Heywood Charitable Foundation; the North Quabbin Community Coalition, an affiliate organization; and The Quabbin Retreat in Petersham.