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Students take a march from obesity

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT)

It started off as one step, followed by another and then another. These Jackson Public School students started their morning marching for a serious cause.

Lanier high school senior, Tianna Ware says, "we have to set the example for the younger kids after us, so they'll want to be motivated to be fit and stay healthy."

These young adults participated in  the "March From Obesity." The 1.2 mile march kicked off at Veterans Memorial Stadium.  The students hope every step they take encourages peers and adults to consider a healthier lifestyle.

"The whole country looks at us as the worst state and the fattest state, but its not about that it's about how we're changing," says Murrah high school senior, Chris Broadway.

The students completed their walk at the Jackson Medical Mall, where more than sixty vendors provided free health screenings and workshops to the public.  Organizers of the event hope to help people catch silent health killers, many related to obesity.

"The heart diseases, the hypertension and the effects of it, so the screenings are actually going to entail cholesterol, diabetes screenings, the high blood pressure," says John Victorian, the executive director of the Community Outreach for Health Awareness (COHA).

Mississippi is ranked the number one obese state in the nation, and stats document that thirty percent of kids in the state are overweight.  So health advocates hope marches and free health events motivate you to take control of your health.

Health experts say a simple walk can go along way when it comes to getting healthy, so they encourage you to take the first step to a healthier you.

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