(JACKSON, Miss.) - To raise awareness about obesity in Mississippi and to help promote physical activity in the community, the Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center at Jackson State University will present the 2013 Fit Fest; a weeklong set of activities geared to encourage community wellness and will include a Wellness Fair and the 7th Annual Sweetness Fight against Obesity 5K. This year the Payton Center has partnered with Patrick House, Parents and Kids Magazine and Jackson Public Schools in efforts to fight obesity.
Fit Fest Week will take place at the Walter Payton Center for Health and Wellness on the Jackson State University Campus starting on Monday, March 25th and will continue though to Saturday, March 30th. The Fit Fest Week will feature various free fitness and wellness events at the Center.
The Wellness Health Fair will be held at the Center on Wednesday, March 27 from 9 am until 3 pm and will feature various health and wellness testing's, such as HIV, Cholesterol, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar testing among other activities. This event is free and open to the public.
Fit Fest Week culminates with the 7th Annual "Sweetness" Fight Against Obesity 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 30. All runners, walkers of all fitness levels are welcome. Participants may register online at active.com (keyword: "Sweetness") or in person at the Walter Payton Center. The pre-registration deadline is March 22.
Proceeds from the "Sweetness" Fight Against Obesity 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run will go toward the Live Well Membership Fund. The fund awards annual scholarships to deserving children to attend JSU's Camp Tiger Tails summer day camp and memberships to qualified candidates who are obese and/or diagnosed with obesity-related illnesses. The Live Well Membership Fund provides access to preventive health care and personal health management through fitness, education, and weight management programs at the Walter Payton Center.
For more information, contact Rachel Cowan or David Edwards at the Walter Payton Center at 601-979-1368 <tel:601-979-1368> or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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JSU to host Fit Fest week and the 7th annual "Sweetness" Fight against Obesity 5K.