Friday, June 4, 2010

Regina Benjamin Leads the Fight Against Obesity [podcast]

“Regina Benjamin knows all too well that it's tough to make the time for exercise. Before becoming the nation's 18th surgeon general, Benjamin was a small business owner. She founded a rural healthcare clinic in Bayou La Batre, La., and struggled to keep it solvent, making house calls and seeing patients in a rented house after the clinic was devastated by hurricanes and fire. Those challenges inspired her to get her MBA, and work on efforts to fund healthcare for low-income rural residents. As surgeon general, Benjamin is leading a broad federal effort to combat obesity. ‘We've done a good job of telling people they need to lose weight,’ Benjamin, 53, says. ‘The challenge is going to be getting people to [exercise] and enjoy it.’...

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