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Mississippi gets $8.5 million to fight obesity

The state of Mississippi has been awarded millions of dollars to fight obesity and obesity-related illnesses. The state of Mississippi has been awarded millions of dollars to fight obesity and obesity-related illnesses.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The state of Mississippi has been awarded millions of dollars to fight obesity and obesity-related illnesses.

The Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Preventive Health reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the state approximately $8.5 million over the next five years.

"This is the first time our state has received funding to address the issue of obesity. We look forward to making strides against the problem of obesity that affects so much of our population," State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier said in a news release.

Mississippi has long ranked among the top states in the nation for the highest obesity rates.

Being overweight or obese can lead to a number of chronic health issues, including cardiovascular disease. An extended list of health risks can be found at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

For more information, visit the MSDH website.

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