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Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is training to run in the healthyShelby 5k that is scheduled for Shelby Farms Park on Sept. 7 and he’s looking for partners.

The healthyShelby ’19 campaign is focused on healthy eating, physical fitness and mental health and wellness. The theme for this year’s 5K is “healthy eating from birth.” All proceeds from the race will go toward public awareness regarding good health and the benefits of breastfeeding.

Harris encourages all Shelby County employees and citizens to sign-up to run or walk the 5K or one-mile walk. There will also be a health fair and activities for children.

“We want to raise awareness for getting out and moving in the great public green spaces in Shelby County,” Harris said. “No matter their fitness level, I hope citizens will join in this great event at one of the county’s most prized assets, Shelby Farms Park.”

Shelby County Commissioner Michael Whaley noted that, “one of the gems of our community happens to be in my district, Shelby Farms. I am thrilled to support any event that highlights green spaces like Shelby Farms. The more people using these unique community features, the better.”

Shelby County Commissioner Brandon Morrison said he looks forward to participating in the 5K and “raising awareness of all the ways to enjoy physical activity in Shelby County. I am a huge proponent of breastfeeding so it is exciting to participate in a race that supports mothers and babies.”

Dr. Allison Stiles chairs the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition.

“We are thrilled to see healthyShelby focus on healthy eating from birth for this year’s 5K event,” said Stiles. “We are always looking for ways to support mothers and babies in their breastfeeding journeys.”

Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter said, “Building upon a strong foundation of collaboration, the Shelby County Health Department looks forward to working closely with Mayor Harris to create a healthier Shelby County for all.”

Participation in the 5K is $25. The One Mile walk is $15. To register, go to healthyshelby5k.racesonline.com.