Help fight childhood obesity as St. Dominic’s, Jackson Heart and Jackson Pulmonary join forces for the Magnolia Meltdown. The 5k Run/Walk & One Mile Kids Fun Run takes place April 2 at 8am at St. Dominic’s Dominican Plaza in Fondren. Proceeds benefit Just Have a Ball, a nonprofit that promotes children’s fitness. Wilson and Hartwell Furr, a brother and sister from Jackson, came up with the idea to help fight childhood obesity in the state that has the worst overweight stats in the nation. Their goal is to give a ball to every elementary child in the state to encourage kids to “just have a ball.”

Register online at Active.com. Remember to exercise caution along the race route between 8am and 9:30am. That is from St Dominic’s on Lakeland to Old Canton to State to Duling to Old Canton Woodale to North Frontage to Lakeland.