A recent poll says residents of our state are the fattest in the nation. Nearly 32 percent of Mississippians are classified as obese. That's one out of every three of us.
Nationally, obesity rates last year rose in 37 states. Hopefully, you find all this as shocking as we do.
Being overweight causes many health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
So what can we do about this? Mississippi schools have begun offering more fruits and vegetables in their school lunch programs. This needs to continue and be expanded.
And schools have added back PE to make sure our youngsters are getting exercise. All of us should make sure we are getting exercise as well.
The governor has asked all Mississippians to join him in the "go walking" campaign. Walking is an easy option. There are several walking tracks in our community, including walkways on both bay bridges.
And you can join others for walks like the American Heart Walk on October 4th in Gulfport. Contact the local Heart Association, and find out how you can join or start a team to improve your health and lose some weight at the same time.
It is up to each of us to make the commitment to become more active and eat healthier. One record we don't want, is to be known as the fattest state in the nation.
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