Fit 4 change, changing lives in Mississippi - - Jackson, MS

Fit 4 change, changing lives in Mississippi

source: WLBT source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

For four days a week more than 200 people are participating in the 8th annual "Fit 4 Change," program led by Paul Lacoste.

Before an intense day at the State Capitol, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves pushes himself in the 12 week bootcamp. Reeves says the fitness challenge is bigger than simply working to get fit and healthy himself. More importantly it is about encouraging Mississippians to combat the health challenges overwhelming many people.

"Those of us that are in the legislative process I don't think we can speak with a reasonable approach unless we're doing it ourselves," says Reeves.

Fit 4 Change has primarily focused on lawmakers, but this year pastors and spiritual leaders were specifically invited to participate.

"I pray that just my efforts to walk through this will be an example for those who think or have that voice in their mind saying I can't do this. You can do it," says Pastor Ken Murphy, the Campus Pastor for Pine Lake Church in Madison. 

In years past groups have shed more than 3,400 pounds.

"We have to have discipline in our nutrition, discipline in our workout and discipline in every aspect of our life," says fitness instructor Paul Lacoste. 

"It's about beating the challenges before you and becoming more healthy and living a better life because of it," says Reeves.

Several WLBT/Fox 40 employees are participating in Fit 4 Change this year.

The Fit 4 Change finale is a 5K starting at the State Capitol. The run is scheduled for March 31st. 

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