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It's about fun, fitness and giving back to the community. Sandy McKinlay, owner (and personal wellness coach) of Sweet Life Nutrition in Shelley, is sponsor of an end of summer 5K walk on Saturday. The entry fee to participate in the walk is a donation of food and/or baby items to help replenish the Bingham County Food Bank.
"There is such a great need to restock the food bank; we'll take as much or as little as a person can give," McKinlay stressed.
She added, "There's especially a need for proteins such as canned tuna or chicken and baby items: jars of baby food, formula and diapers. In fact, there is such a severe shortage of diapers that they've had to literally cut the diapers in half to make the supply last longer."
McKinlay said that anyone of any age or fitness level is welcome to join the walk. "We are inviting everyone. You can walk; you can run; bring the kids; push the babies in the strollers; come join us while we get fit and help fight hunger in the community."
The walk will start at Sweet Life Nutrition Co. (next to Romaine's at 152 S. State Street) and proceed through the Shelley greenbelt system, ending back at Sweet Life. For those who cannot participate in the walk but wish to donate, food bank donations will be accepted at the business through August 31st.
Free group walks are also offered for anyone interested every Monday and Wednesday starting at 9 a.m.
In addition to the walks, Sweet Life will be kicking off a seven-week weight loss challenge starting Thursday. It is patterned after the weight loss contest seen on the popular reality TV show "The Biggest Loser." Men, women and teens (aged 12-18 who sign up with a parent) who need to lose weight are encouraged to take part in the challenge. Prize money can be as much as $600 depending on the number of participants.
For more information call McKinlay at 208-206-0135 or Marci Buffet at 208-200-9115