COVID casts a light on health disparities

It took a personal health scare to get Thaddeus Miles into running.

His longtime job as director of safety for MassHousing brought plenty of stress. One day in 2010, after attending a funeral, Miles headed to the gym. While bench pressing, he suddenly felt he was about to pass out. When the EMTs arrived, his blood pressure was 220/180; at the hospital he learned he had an enlarged heart.

“I started looking at my weight and all the other factors that lend themselves to health issues. I have a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure,” he said. “I wondered, ‘What can I do?’”

Realizing he needed aerobic exercise for heart health and weight loss, Miles took up walking, then running.

Participants in the 5K race. COURTESY PHOTO

When he was ready to try a 5k race, he was dismayed to


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