Studies show that Arkansas ranks number one in obesity rates, but there are ways to change that.
5NEWS reporter Esther Katro visited the Jones Center where you can train to help with planning to get healthy, over the next few weeks in preparation for the upcoming Couch 5K.
It's a six week program leading up to the Springdale downtown run around, which is a 5K and 10K event.
The program is for anyone who wants to get more into running, or would like to shake things up with their fitness routine..
The goal at the end is to be able to complete a 5k. It's great for any level, even for those true couch potatoes.
They’ll start with different intervals like walk for one minute, jog for one minute; Meredith Cupp the Recreation Coordinator is one woman who is excited to be training.
"Well I've always enjoyed running and do anything like this I'm excited to be a part of and getting to do it with a group of people is just fun and a great way to make more friends and just getting to be around people who also want to be fit and healthy and just want to get outside and be together," said Cupp.
And the actual 5K will take place October 8th. There will also be a one mile fun run for families or younger kids
Segment Sponsored by: Mercy Health Systems