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Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton is busy with plans underway to get the community fit.
This past Saturday, Baptist -Tipton was the title sponsor for the 15th annual Celebrate Munford 5K run/walk held at Centennial Park in Munford.
Two hundred-twenty six participants crossed the finish line, with the overall winner, Ethan Faulkner, hailing from Munford, at 19:28. The fastest female was Krissa Rodgers with a time of 22:17.
Two additional family-friendly events, which focusing on health and wellness, are in this fall's line-up as well.
Beginning today, Aug. 14, Baptist-Tipton's "Get Fit" begins. The 10-week fitness and nutrition family-friendly program is in conjunction with Munford Parks and Recreation, and 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.
Additional services for the program are provided by May Medical, UT Extension and ATC Fitness.
May Medical will perform a medical assessment at the beginning, midway, and end of the 10 weeks to track each participant's progression.
UT Extension's Jacqueline Lemons and Priscilla Eddins provide the lesson plans and teach families how to cook and plan healthy meals.
According to program coordinator Dana Flake, Thursday nights are classroom-style, with lessons such as eating in moderation, healthy snacks and making treats. The physical component of the program, such as cross-fit, yoga, dance exercise and skating will take place during the Saturday classes..
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 south parking lot at Baptist Tipton, closest to The Leader.
Camp Wellness highlights include "Get Fit Antarctica," a program where participants document walking the distance from Tipton County to Antarctica and then receive a postcard from Antarctica. Face painting, free hot dogs and games for the kids, as well as the touchdown of the Hospital Wing 10:30 a.m. are all activities planned. 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."
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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