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Two family-friendly events, which focus on the children’s health and wellness, will soon be hosted by Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton.

Beginning Aug. 14, Baptist-Tipton, in conjunction with Munford Parks and Recreation, will begin “Get Fit,” a 10-week fitness and nutrition family-friendly program that focuses on children ages seven to 13.

This is the second year for the nationally recognized program, which meets at the Munford Parks and Recreation Center on Thursday nights from 6-7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

May Medical will perform a medical assessment at the beginning, midway, and end of the 10 weeks to track each participant’s progression.

According to program coordinator Dana Flake, Thursday nights are classroom style, with lessons such as eating in moderation, healthy snacks and making treats.

Parents work in the kitchen with UT Extension’s Jacqueline Lemons, learning how to cook and plan healthy meals. After the lesson is learned, everyone samples the meal prepared for that night.

“Parents find it’s not expensive to learn to eat clean, in moderation and healthy,” said Flake.

The Saturday classes are the physical component of the program, and this year students will participate in cross-fit, yoga, dance exercise and skating.

“People tend to think of these types of activities as fun instead of exercise,” said Flake.

Flake hopes more children become involved in the program.

“These children are the future leaders of our community. If we don’t step up and guide them today, where will we all be tomorrow?” asked Flake. “When you have a child in second grade with high blood pressure, there’s a problem. We need parents, grandparents, whoever, to take an interest and step up for a child’s health. Their future and our community’s future depend on it.”

The class is $20 per family, regardless of size, for the entire 10-week program.

Camp Wellness will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the north parking lot at Baptist Tipton.

The first 300 children to attend will receive a backpack at this all-ages event.

“This is the first year that Baptist Tipton has held the back-to-school health fair,” said Baptist-Tipton CEO Samuel Lynd. “Our goal is to increase community awareness of healthy lifestyle choices, which helps put children on the path to a life long relationship with wellness.”

Highlights of Camp Wellness include “Get Fit Antarctica,” a program where participants document walking the distance from Tipton County to Antarctica and then receive a postcard from Antarctica. Activities include face painting, free hot dogs and games for the kids, as well as the touchdown of the Hospital Wing 10:30 a.m.

Community education and demonstrations will be available as well, on numerous topics including immunizations, fitness programs, bullying, child abuse prevention, healthy snack ideas and cooking demonstrations. Parking will be available at the hospital and at The Leader.

For more information on Camp Wellness, contact Cyndi Roberts at Cyndi.Roberts@BMHCC.org.

To register for Get Fit, contact Munford Parks and Recreation at 901-837-5965 or visit the website at www.munford.com.

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