Grant to fund more health initiatives in Tupelo

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Expect to see more healthy food options, more bicycle lanes and more family friendly activities as a result of Tupelo’s recent win as the state’s “Healthiest City,” said Mayor Jack Reed Jr. at a Thursday press conference.
The win, through a BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi program, comes with a $50,000 grant that the city’s Healthy Task Force will use to perpetuate existing wellness initiatives and possibly launch new ones.
Among the current programs are Health On A Shelf, Mayor’s Marathon, health-related billboards, bicycle safety workshops, and the implementation of a bike-share lane.
A panel of judges from across the United States picked Tupelo from a list of hopefuls and cited the city’s diverse participation in health-related programs, Reed said. In addition to the municipality’s own fitness efforts, the schools, hospital and community members also got involved.
“This isn’t the end,” said task force spokesman Hank Boerner. “This is the beginning.”
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com