Events push healthy Halloween

UPELO – Halloween doesn’t have to be evil for your waistline.
A host of family-friendly activities is planned in Tupelo on Saturday with a community walk, Downtown Farmer’s Market costume contest and carnival and a HealthWorks! Family Fitness Fair.
“We want people to know that they can have fun with out having the holiday based around candy,” said Kathy Tucker, a high flying kid motivator at HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center.
Weather-permitting, the Mayor’s Marathon, a month-long challenge to walk 26.2 miles, will kick off at 8:30 a.m. from HealthWorks! on Industrial Drive with a walk to the Downtown Farmers Market to join in the festivities there.
In addition to the costume contest, late-season fruits and veggies, homemade baked goods and canned goods will be on sale.
“We’re becoming the healthiest city in Mississippi one step at a time,” said Tucker, who is serving on the mayor’s healthy city task force. Participants will receive free pedometers and Mayor’s Marathon wrist bands.
The walkers plan to head back to HealthWorks! after the 10 a.m. bike giveaway.
“It’s about 21⁄2 miles round-trip,” Tucker said.
Until 2 p.m., HealthWorks! will host a Family Fitness Fair with carnival games for kids and their parents along with the permanent exhibits at the center. Admission will be $4.
If the weather is more trick than treat, the walk will move indoors to Gloster Creek Village and the rest of the events will go on as planned.
Saturday’s events intersect with the Main Street Association’s participation in “Let’s Go Walking Mississippi,” North Mississippi Medical Center initiatives for its employees and the holiday fun.
“It all fell in place,” said Hank Boerner, director of the NMMC Wellness Centers and co-chairman of the task force organized by Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr.
Walking logs for the Mayor’s Marathon will be available at NMMC Wellness Center, HealthWorks! and Tupelo City Hall.
“If they can’t make it Saturday, you can still participate in the marathon,” Reed said.

Contact Michaela Gibson Morris at (662) 678-1599 or michaela.morris@djournal.com.

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