OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - When it comes to being healthy, as a state, Mississippi lies at the bottom of the list. According to the United Health Foundation, Mississippi ranks dead last in the United States in overall health with more than 30 percent of the population being obese and more than 11 percent being diabetic.
Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran is doing her part to get Mississippi off the bottom of the health charts by putting her city of a diet. Saturday, the 2nd Annual Family Fitness Festival was held at Greyhound Stadium to promote a healthy lifestyle.
It was all designed to show people how fun getting healthy can be. There were several races and activities set up for everyone to enjoy including a 5K race, zumba, group fitness classes and crossfit. There were also booths set up to advise participants on proper nutrition, healthy weight loss and hot to train properly.
Sponsors say they just want to show people the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, and that fitness can be fun.
"So to get it organized, get it functioning and get it successful and then utilize it to lead the rest of the state in that direction you know, I'm very excited about that," said event organizer Patricia Anderson.
Moran also brought in a guest from Oklahoma City where the city went through a similar challenge and lost a whopping 1 million pounds.