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Summit Focused on Strategies to Combat Obesity

ExercisingParticipants in the obesity summit reach for the ceiling as part of a mid-morning activity break. Speakers suggested ways to incorporate activity into a normal day. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)More than 60 percent of Kansans are classified as overweight or obese. A summit in Topeka yesterday (THUR) was aimed at finding ways to tackle that problem. Governor Sam Brownback told the gathering about the steps he’s had to take to control his weight - specifically, watching his eating. Brownback has a simple message for people fighting obesity: don’t give up.

William Dietz ("deets"), formally with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says no single strategy will solve the problem.  He says Kansas should look for ways to increase physical activity… and make healthier food options available in schools, daycare centers and workplaces.

Dietz says communities should make sure all residents have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and schools and daycare should encourage children to drink more water... and fewer sugary drinks.


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