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Health fair kicks off new middle school program

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Some local groups are trying to change Mississippi's standing as the nation's most obese state. Leadership Jackson and the YMCA teamed up to bring a health fair to Blackburn Middle School Tuesday. It kicks off the ongoing Y5210 program, which shows kids how to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Booths encouraged students to exercise, get five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, and stay away from sugary drinks.

"I think it's going to be great to get the kids in shape and stuff so they can work out and stop playing games and eat better and do more than just sit on the couch," said Lucciano Dailey, an 8th grader at Blackburn Middle School.

"We hope this raises awareness throughout the great Jackson area. Our kids are obese, our state is obese, and that's our plan, is to come and teach and encourage our students to live healthier lifestyles," said Matt Ginn, member of Leadership Jackson.

The program will give 15 students free access to the YMCA for nine weeks. Leadership Jackson chose to begin the program at Blackburn Middle this year in an effort to prevent childhood obesity. The group is hoping to expand next year.

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