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New fitness center to open in Shelby County administration building

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Shelby County is taking initiative to get in shape.

If everything works out, a new fitness center will open at the Shelby County government building on the fourth floor.

"There will be cardio machines, there will be stair step machines, everything you see in a regular gym we are going to have here," Shelby County spokesperson Steve Shular said.

Shular and other county employees are excited about Mayor Mark Luttrell's plan to give them a place to exercise right inside the county administration building.

"That we are really trying to emphasize to our employees is becoming very self aware and then coming up with a personal program that addresses their health," said Luttrell.

Luttrell added that the fitness center is a continuation of his Healthy Shelby Initiative. Several years ago, the program kicked off with activities like 5k walks to get people in the community excited about business.

Healthy Shelby also allowed the county to provide employees with a nutrition expert to give them healthy eating advice.

"We have a tremendous amount of sick leave, so we're going to try to focus on things that people can do to, number one, monitor their own health and take preventative action," Luttrell added. "In other words, you don't go to the dentist for a toothache, you go to the dentist to prevent a toothache."

Luttrell believes that healthy employees will get sick less, and the fitness center will eventually pay for itself in the form of fewer sick days and more energetic employees.

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