|Source: Center for Disease Control|
For the 6th year in a row, Mississippi ranks as the state with the highest obesity rate – 34.9%. Louisiana is 2nd at 33.4%. Texas and Alabama are not far behind with obesity rates of 32.4% and 32.0% respectively.
Obesity kills. Related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Obesity is preventable. Embracing a healthy and active lifestyle can reduce risks for these and other deadly and debilitating weight related conditions.
Taking a stand against obesity by taking a walk (or run)
This year, NBC Univeral Televistion Consumer Products partnered with former “The Biggest Loser” Contestants Jackie and Dan Evans and their company FitWorld, LLC to launch a series of RunWalk events ranging from 1k to half marathon distances. Dan and Jackie have been regularly running races and encouraging others to get and stay active since their weight loss on Series 5 of the show. I’ve had the opportunity to chat with them at a few events these last few years. Their love for people and passion to help people get and stay active is compelling.
I’m happy to see that this fall, the race series hits the Gulf Coast South with the Inaugural 5k and 15k Jackson, Mississippi events on November 3, 2012.
Each registered participant and finisher will receive the following:
· The Biggest Loser Inaugural Finisher’s Medal
· Commemorative Technical T-Shirt
· Race Number, Timing Tag, and Goodie Bag
· Water and Sports Drink along the Course
· Food, Sports Drink and Water at Finish Lines
· Live Entertainment at the Finish Live Festival
· Non-intimidating Environment for New Runners and Walkers
· Celebrity Appearances
· Last but not Least, a Truly Unforgettable Experience
Registration is $40 for the 5k and $60 for the 15k thru 9/20/12.
What a nice opportunity to support activity and healthy living in Mississippi. This my be my November race. Want to join us?
For more information go to Biggest Loser Run/Walk Inagural Jackson 5k 15K
Reference: CDC – State Obesity Ranking