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WLOX Editorial: State lawmakers need to fund programs to battle obesity

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As we are starting the new year there is some good news about Mississippi's obesity rate for high school students. For the first time in many years we do not have the distinction of having the most obese students in the nation. While we may have only fallen to number five in teenage obesity in the country, it still is an improvement and shows that some recently enacted programs are working.

Most schools across Mississippi now incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole grain items in lunch menus. At the same time, many schools are reducing fat by replacing fryers with new combination oven steamers and moving to low-fat milk.

Also schools are stressing physical activity as a way to improve student health. While this is good news for our students, we must not rest on this slight improvement.  There is much more that needs to be done so our students will graduate from high school in better shape.

Our hope is that our schools will continue with the help of the upcoming legislature to fund programs to bring down the obesity level even more.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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