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For a warm up, Bryant started Monday afternoon and we went along. For a warm up, Bryant started Monday afternoon and we went along.
He's a common sight along the path and at 58 years old, Bryant says being active needs to be a way of life for Mississippians. He's a common sight along the path and at 58 years old, Bryant says being active needs to be a way of life for Mississippians.
Governor's 5K - April 2012 Governor's 5K - April 2012
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It started last year with about 800 people from across the state running the streets of downtown Jackson. Now, it's time for round two, as Governor Phil Bryant leads the way for his Governor's 5k.

"We think we're going to have a great run," said Bryant.

For a warm up, Bryant started Monday afternoon and we went along. He's a common sight along the path and at 58 years old, Bryant says being active needs to be a way of life for Mississippians.

"There's got to be some sport, something that's good for you that you just enjoy and get out and do more of that," said Bryant.

Doing more of that is what Bryant says is needed to improve the fitness and health of Mississippi. It's been a constant challenge among health advocates.

"Realize that your healthcare begins with you. You are individually first responsible for it and you're responsible for your children's healthcare. Teach them early how to get out and enjoy the outdoors," said Bryant.

Given the state's poor health rankings, Bryant says improvements can be made and in some areas they are. The state has already seen a 13 percent drop in childhood obesity and Bryant hopes to keep up the pace through eating habits, by targeting public schools.

"We'd like to see some gardens in middle schools so kids will actually know where the food is coming from and what's healthy for them," said Bryant.

By taking those small steps, Bryant hopes they'll add up in making strides.

For more information or to register for the Governor's 5K click here.

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