By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The Corinth-Alcorn County Parks and Recreation Department is taking a stand against heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death in Mississippi.
Crossroads Regional Park in Corinth is hosting a free daily Walking Challenge through at least the end of March and possibly into April.
Participants can put their name in a box outside the parks and recreation office at Crossroads Regional Park for a chance to win a prize pack that includes a sports bottle, towel and pedometer. Winners are selected weekly.
Parks and recreation employee Michelle Hardin got the inspiration to create the Walking Challenge from American Heart Month in February. The challenge encourages people to come to the park, visit and stay active, Hardin noted.
Sponsors include Corinth Coke, Magnolia Regional Health Center and the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Alcorn and Tippah counties.
There has been solid participation in the Walking Challenge, and Hardin expects more with the nicer weather.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the nation, and Mississippi has the highest heart disease death rate in the country.
In Mississippi, there were 240 heart disease deaths per 100,000 people in 2015 compared to 168 per 100,000 nationally, according to age-adjusted figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and not smoking are key factors in preventing heart disease. To read more click here.