Ohio Health Plan Focuses On Obesity Prevention

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Department of Health says the state can stop or reverse the annual growth of obesity among adults and children within five years, but that it first must promote greater access to healthy food and exercise.

By promoting greater access to healthy food and exercise.

The Department's "Ohio obesity prevention plan" was released on Tuesday.

It also says state officials should focus efforts on preventing more Ohioans from becoming obese, rather than promoting weight-loss among those already seriously overweight.

Gov. Ted Strickland directed the department to formulate the comprehensive plan last September.

A government survey in 2007 found that 28.1 percent of adults in the state were obese, while an Ohio Department of Health study found almost 19 percent of Ohio third graders were obese.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by mynamehere Location: parkersburg on Apr 1, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Take away computer gaming, cellphone texting, and institute longer school hours, and a basketball. For WV, its easy to fix, take away welfare. You'll see less fat kids daily then.They wont have to sit around and suck down welfare food stamps all day long.
  • by chris Location: newport on Apr 1, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    Why did our local grade schools do away with art & gym class and cut back to only one recess. It is not only an obeasity issue. kids need a release or break from the monotony,there attention span is short and they need an intermission to recharge. When I attended school we had gym and 4 recesses a day. And by the way they were my favorite classes.
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