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Grass Roots Wellness Initiative Builds Muscle in Jackson, Tennessee
Date:5/23/2013

Jackson, TN (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

Spring and summer have always been motivation for people to get fit, but what’s gotten into Jackson, the city between Memphis and Nashville? In the last year alone, a variety of new fitness facilities and wellness centers has transformed the growing area into one of the most health-conscious cities in the state.

“In any city of vibrant, young professionals you are going to see demand for ways to improve or promote health,” said Kim White, owner of The Fight Shop, one of the city’s hottest new training facilities. “There are now more places to get in shape than ever before in Jackson, which is a good sign for where our city’s going.”

Today 15 fitness centers operate in a city of more than 65,000—and two more are under construction. The numerous variety gives Jackson more wellness centers per capita than any other city its size in the state. From the privately-owned Jackson Sport and Fitness Center, to publicly traded health clubs like Gold’s Gym, to Jackson Madison County General Hospital’s innovative LIFT Center, it’s hard not to notice the trend.

“Jackson has a long history of fitness, outdoor recreation and athletics,” said Julie McMahon, director of the Andrew Jackson Marathon. “Our marathon just completed its 41st year, making it the oldest marathon in Tennessee.” Runners at the event can qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon. This year’s event included a children’s marathon in collaboration with area schools. Children could cover and record miles while in school and run the final mile on the marathon course.

Jumpstart Jackson’s annual Community Walk is another popular event that promotes health and wellness in the city. “This year more than 1,500 adults, schoolchildren and their parents participated in the wellness walk,” said organizer Annette Wilson. “We are striving hard to make Jackso
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