Monday, July 12, 2010

On Health, Strides Being Made, But More Strides (Literally) Needed

“North Carolina topped the scales at 10th in the nation for obesity, according to a report last month from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nearly 30 percent of the state's adults are obese. Among Tar Heel minorities, the trend is even more troubling. The adult obesity rate was 41.1 percent among blacks and 25.7 percent among Latinos compared with 27 percent among whites. Changing a community's habits on eating and exercise takes time, but the Asheville area has made some strides in the past six months. More than 2,300 people participated in the winter installment of Lighten Up 4 Life, which is now being run through Mission in Asheville, Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville and McDowell Hospital in Marion. As of April 23, participants had shed 58,766 pounds.”

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