This Saturday, Latreal “La” Mitchell, personal trainer for Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, will provide Memphians with fitness and nutrition advice.
On behalf of Meta, a new line of wellness products created by the makers of fiber supplement brand Metamucil, Mitchell will be hosting “MEMfix: Edge Event." The one-day community event will be held in the Edge District — an area within a quarter-mile radius of the Marshall/Monroe Avenues intersection.
Attendees will be able to enjoy a number of healthy activities, including cycling classes, health screenings, and a wellness lounge. People will also get the chance to meet one-on-one with Mitchell for health and wellness advice and motivation.
“La will help motivate the people of Memphis, and show them how easy it can be to start making small, healthy changes,” said a spokesperson for Meta. “As a personal trainer and health coach, La will be talking to people about their overall health. She will be offering tips and inspiration to [help Memphians] start making small, healthy changes that may have greater effects on their overall health.”
Mayor A C Wharton and representatives from Common Table Health Alliance and other community agencies will join Mitchell for the event. It takes place Saturday, October 18th from noon to 3 p.m. at the intersection of Marshall and Monroe.
MEMfix: Edge Event is among a series of health-centered events occurring this year as a result of a new partnership between Meta, Common Table Health Alliance, and the City of Memphis.
“Meta’s goal is to help provide the community with the resources it needs to get healthy,” Meta's spokesperson said. “We know there are great local organizations already doing this, and our hope is that by partnering with them we can reach more Memphians and have a greater impact on the community’s health and wellness.”
The partnership between Meta, Common Table Health Alliance, and the city is also part of the multi-health wellness line's national initiative and sweepstakes, “Meta Effect,” which encourages people nationwide to make small, healthy changes that can impact them significantly. People can visit here for more information on the initiative.
“[We want] all Americans to experience what we like to call the 'Meta Effect,' which is the simple idea that one small change can lead to good things,” the spokesperson said.
Out of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, Memphis is the unhealthiest, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2014 American Fitness Index. Contributing factors to Memphis earning the top slot were the city's high obesity rate (35 percent of adults in Shelby County are obese), low fruit and vegetable consumption by many residents, and high cardiovascular disease and diabetes death rates.