Being Leaders In Health: 4th Annual Million Calorie Burn 5k

Now in its 4th year, the Million Calorie Burn has become known as the premier 5k run/walk supporting calorie reduction and physical activity for children and families in the Greater Memphis area. Started by Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA) in 2013, the Million Calorie Burn has encouraged hundreds of people to embrace better, smarter ways of healthy eating and active living. Last year, registrants burned over 500 calories per participant in the 5k, one-mile fun run, yoga and Crossfit demonstrations, line dancing, hula-hooping and other activities!


This year, in partnership with Volunteer Memphis, the Million Calorie Burn is ready to take fitness and physical activity to the next level by “Being Leaders In Health”. Physical inactivity is a key driver of family and childhood obesity, hypertension, heart and cardiovascular disease, all of which can lead to diabetes. We want to help all Shelby County residents live their best lives by burning calories to help reduce instances of chronic disease such as this year’s focus on diabetes.

Memphis and Shelby County continue to be challenged by social and economic factors that drive many regional health indicators to the bottom third of most national and state health rankings. In addition, our obesity rates are some of the highest among children in the county, a key indicator of early diagnosis of juvenile diabetes. Improvements to diet and exercise are known to enhance the lives of patients suffering from high rates of chronic diseases.

Fitness makes your heart and bones strong, relieves stress and improves blood circulation. It also lowers your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke by keeping your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels on target. Physical activity is also important for your overall well being, can help with many other health conditions, and lead to a longer healthier life.


The 4th Annual Million Calorie Burn will illustrate how everyone can “Be A Leader In Health” by walking, jogging or running to reduce calories and raise awareness for a critical health issue in Shelby County. If you or a loved one is living with, have been affected by, or are an advocate for combating chronic disease like diabetes through calorie reduction, then please show your support by registering for the 4th Annual Million Calorie Burn today! You can also honor, memorialize or celebrate a special person/people with your registration fee, or make a donation to support our cause.

Proceeds from the race will support CTHA and Leadership Memphis/Volunteer Memphis programming geared towards health and wellness to combat diabetes as a chronic disease. Our commitment is to make Memphis and Shelby County a healthier place to live, work and play.

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