JSU’s Walter Payton Center hosts annual ‘Fight Against Obesity’ 5K Run/Walk


Tommiea P. King

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University’s Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center will continue its ‘Fight Against Obesity’ during its annual 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 2.

            Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. on the university’s main campus at 34 Walter Payton Drive. Registration is $5 for JSU students and $2 for students of the Jackson Public Schools District. General registration on race day is $15.

While many events focus on specific health issues, event coordinator Rachel Cowan wanted to focus on prevention.

            “Obesity leads to many of the health problems commonly found in Mississippi,” said Cowan. “By preventing obesity and living healthier lifestyles, we can prevent many of those issues.”

This event is a great opportunity for Mississippians to commit themselves to a healthy lifestyle, said Nyoki Morton, Payton Center assistant director for marketing.

            “Maintaining your healthy lifestyle is no one-week diet test run,” said Morton. “Somewhere I read it takes one moment to commit to change, seven days to implement a successful game plan, 14 days to develop a routine, and 21 days to create a habit…good or bad. I say, right now, it is Mississippi’s moment to commit and fight against obesity.”

            For more information about the race, call 601-979-1368 or visit the following link: http://www.jsums.edu/announcements/2.1.11entry.pdf .

– JSU –

About Jackson State University: Bridge to a Brighter Tomorrow

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.

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