By Robbie Ward
TUPELO – Mayor Jason Shelton wants Tupelo to stay in shape.
Following an administration that helped the city win accolades as the state’s healthiest city, Shelton plans to continue efforts in Tupelo to encourage healthy activities. On Oct. 17, he will have a fitness summit at City Hall with personal trainers, gym owners and other exercise gurus to brainstorm ways to organize free exercise programs at city parks and other public spaces.
Improved quality of life, increased work productivity and lower health costs are among the reasons Shelton said he wants to continue to promote healthy living in Tupelo.
“It’s to our benefit to be a healthy city,” Shelton said.
Former Mayor Jack Reed Jr. created a healthy city task force during his administration to help the city earn in 2012 the designation of healthiest city in Mississippi by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi.
“Tupelo has always been at the forefront of programs and presenting a positive message in our region,” Shelton said. “We want to continue with that.”
After the 4:30 p.m. fitness summit in City Hall, Shelton will invite the public to a 5:30 free group exercise event at Fairpark.
The fitness summit and other public fitness events is a shared effort between the city and a senior project of four Tupelo High School students: Heston Lollar, Ashton Wedel, Jarrett Estes and Andrew White.
The group also will have a zombie run later this month.