TUPELO – Halloween usually unleashes a load of sugary snacks on people who, increasingly, don’t need the extra calories.
So this year, the city will launch a costumed counterattack to get holiday revelers back on track – the running track, that is.
Family Fitness Day kicks off at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, with health-oriented festivities like a mini-marathon, farm-grown produce, a costume contest and a carnival to entertain the family until 2 p.m.
The free event signals the kickoff of Mayor Jack Reed Jr.’s bid to make Tupelo the healthiest city in the state. Reed, who took office in July, had announced that goal during his political campaign along with several others.
“We are excited about getting everyone in the community on board as we begin our journey of making Tupelo the healthiest city in our state,” Reed said in a press release. “The Family Fitness Day is all about promoting good health for all ages, and having fun as we kick off our goal of practicing healthy living together.”
Halloween is just the start, though. The mayor wants all Tupeloans to walk, jog or run the equivalent a marathon – 26.2 miles – during the month of November. Participants will record their progress in a walking log, available at HealthWorks! or the North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center, and then submit it by Nov. 30.
Reed said his goal is win the $50,000 Healthy Hometown Award from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.
According to the foundation’s Web site, “the winning municipalities will be those who have made the most strides in creating a healthy community and who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to a healthy culture.”
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