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Hernando launches new program aimed at healthy living

By Chip Washington - bio | email

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - The Hernando Parks and Recreation department is launching a new program it hopes will heal bodies while promoting fitness.

Parks and Recreation director Dewayne Williams says the H.E.A.L. program, or Healthy Eating, Active Living, targets obesity, which is at a critical level statewide.   

"We need to attack obesity on all levels, not just with children but adults, seniors, middle aged people, and young adults," Williams said. "All ages need to be informed and encouraged on how to fight obesity."

The program was created by the Mississippi Department of Health, with a concept to change lifestyles by offering a number of options to citizens on a variety of issues.

"They're gonna get education about the program," Williams said. "How to eat properly, exercise properly and then get the opportunity to exercise, and this will bring people together."

The city of Hernando will be the first to implement the program in the state. Classes will be held once a week for 10 weeks at the Gale Center.

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson says its important to provide people with the option to live healthier.

"The main focus of this is it's the entire family, so it's like you have your own little built in support group if you have everybody in the house working towards it together," Johnson said.

The class cost is $50 dollars per family and will begin on January 11th.  For more information, click here.

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