Local veteran, family, and friends choose to be healthy on Memorial Day


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Memorial Day is a day to honor the lives of service members in America.

There is a local fitness group that’s doing that while also promoting healthy living.

Trainer Aaron Honeysucker is at the front and center, getting his team ready for a Memorial Walk through downtown Jackson.

Honeysucker is a retired army veteran.

“I was in Vietnam in ’68. Came out of Vietnam, joined a reserve, later left the reserve and returned back to school,” said Honeysucker.

The Community Health Initiative Obesity-Fighters is a group of veterans, family, and friends.

Their goal is to bring awareness to health issues surrounding our veterans and communities.

“I started this organization back in 2004, for the benefit of cutting down obesity, here in Mississippi,” said Honeysucker.

“Being active, eating healthly, maintaining your weight and trying to stay healthy is a good thing. Especially, with all the unhealthy food we have in the state,” said Stephanie Harris, a member of The Community Health Initiative Obesity-Fighters.

While some may indulge in a cookout this Memorial Day, Harris is committed to her health journey.

“It’s another day. Healthy doesn’t stop just because of a holiday. You still have to make healthy choices in what you’re doing for that holiday,” said Harris.

“This is a commitment. I am committed to health. They are committed to health. This is a commitment of the group,” said Honeysucker.

The group started their walk in front of the Hinds County Courthouse, circled the Mississippi Coliseum, before making their way back.

Afterward, they cooled down with a little line dancing in front of city hall.

There is no cost to join the Obesity-Fighters. They have classes every Monday through Thursday.

Below are the following locations for those classes:

Monday: Grove Park Community Center, 4126 Parkway Ave

Tuesday: Anderson United Methodist Church, 6205 Hanging Moss Rd

Wednesday: T L Lover Senior Citizens Center, 2912 Holmes Ave

Thursday-: VFW Post 9832, 4610 Sunray Drive

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