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Thursday, July 2, 2009

We're Number One! We're Number One! Oh, Wait.

Yesterday, the Trust for America's Health released their annual report regarding obesity, and once again, Mississippi is number one! The report states that we have "the highest rate of adult obesity in the nation, at 32.5 percent and the highest of overweight youths (ages 10-17) at 44.4 percent." Our numbers, like our waistlines, increased since last year. In fact, "adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year."

While it's nice to be first place in something, obesity obviously won't do. Here are a few state-sponsored links to help you get healthy!

The State Department of Health has a Healthy Living page with information on acceptable targets for blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, and more.

There is also a state initiative to get folks outside and moving called Let's Go Walkin', Mississippi. The website lets you track your progress, has information on walking trails in the state, and has a calendar with upcoming 5Ks and other races.

The State Department of Health also has a Nutrition site with information on how to eat better, recipes, and links to the USDA's MyPyramid feature, which creates a customized food pyramid for your lifestyle.

Come on, Mississippi. Let's try to come in second place next year!

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