JACKSON, Miss.- The “Shape Up” event, featuring the Mississippi Legislature to promote healthy living in the Magnolia State, hit the Capitol on Friday.
The event offered food, music, exercise demonstrations, and a fitness fair. Activities began at 11 a.m. and lasted until 2 p.m. Local fitness representatives spoke on programs and facilities that are available to the public.
Attenders also heard from Speaker Phillip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.
“Shape Up at the Capitol brings together individuals in both the public and private sectors to stress the importance of healthy living,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “I appreciate the work of state employees and sponsors to emphasize nutrition and exercise in our state.”
The event encourages healthy living habits while maintaining a healthy workforce in order to increase productivity and manage health care costs.
“I’m happy to see this event occurring again at the Capitol,” said Speaker Gunn. “Health costs are high in Mississippi. Beaing physically active and eating healthfully are good ways to combat a lot of preventable diseases. This event it a wonderful way to encourage people. Thank you to all the sponsors for participating this year and for promoting healthy lifestyles among Mississippians.”
Several vendors at the event included Baptist Healthplex, Mississippi Farmer’s Market, AARP, American Cancer Society, athenafit Barre Studio and many more.