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Fitness challenge promotes healthier lifestyles

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) —  About 70 people took on the Boerner Be Wild fitness challenge Saturday.

"We want physical activity to be fun," Hank Boerner's wife, Helen, said.

The challenge is in honor of Hank who passed away in 2012.

He used to be the director of the North Mississippi Medical Center Wellness Center in Tupelo.

"We're just keeping his legacy alive by doing this," NMMC Wellness Center Fitness Supervisor Edwin Crenshaw said.

Hank was all about getting active, staying healthy and having fun while doing so.

"Because you need to be healthy," participant Brittany Watson said. "I mean, it's just the lifestyle, as soon as you start living that way it's just easy."

The fitness challenge included 17 obstacle courses, allowing participants to try different exercises.

"[You] can't maintain it if it's not something you enjoy," Helen Boerner said.

The challenge started off with jumping rope and ended with a slipping slide.

"People are coming out and see[ing] what kind of shape they're in by finishing it," Crenshaw said.

Boerner Be Wild is put on by the Healthy Tupelo Task Force, which Hank helped start.

Its goal is to get more people to live healthier.

"[We're] trying to bring that healthy aurora to Tupelo but doing it in a cool way," Healthy Tupelo Task Force member Donna Loden said.

With so many participants this year, the task force feels the event accomplished everything it set out to.

"If Hank Boerner is looking down, he is absolutely loving all the fun things that are going on today," Loden said.





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