August 22, 2003

Only One Problem...

Go West Virginia, go. Good idea. Walking a mile a day? About fifteen minutes - a good start.

    Gov. Bob Wise and health officials unveiled the West Virginia on the Move campaign Thursday.

    The goal is to encourage people to walk about one more mile every day and eat fewer calories. The campaign is similar to an effort in Colorado.

    West Virginia's campaign will include a Web site, billboards and workplace and school programs.

    In 2001, 25.1 percent of West Virginia adults were obese and 37.9 percent were overweight. The national obesity rate was about 21 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control's 2001 Behavioral Risk Survey.

    People who are obese are more likely to have other health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The problem?

    West Virginia on the Move will help keep our citizens healthy," Wise said.
I think the problem is the word "keep." That's a whopping 73% of the state's citizens who are overweight.


Posted by hln at August 22, 2003 07:55 PM | Fitness