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Mississippi's legislature is getting into shape

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By Ashley Conroy

JACKSON, MS -- Mississippi's state legislature is participating in a program called "Fit for Change" created by former NFL football player, Paul Lacoste.

This is the first year this type of training has taken place and over 140 State Senators, Representatives, and capitol staff members have chosen to participate.

"And in 21 workouts they've lost a total of 469 pounds that's truly remarkable and the numbers are only going to get bigger," Paul Lacoste said.

Lacoste says he and some colleagues have been trying to get this program started for five years, and he's hoping to create a whole movement in Mississippi.

"We're educating them not only in the training side, but also the nutritional side of what we do."

As for those participating, they say they've noticed a difference in the way they do business at the capitol.

"I notice a big difference, we have a different attitude, a different feel about things. We get along. We're getting to know each other on a different level," said Sen. Terry Burton of Newton, MS.

Representative Brandon Jones of Pascagoula agreed.

"I think it's really helped to focus our work here at the capitol. You get started really early. You get to spend time doing things away from the capitol working together as a unit," Jones said.

Jones was awarded this week's overall winner and was awarded $500 to donate to Pascagoula High School.

Members have another eight weeks to go, and at the end of their training, they're running a 5K race starting and ending at the capitol.

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