State Targets Obesity in Children

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi boards of health and education are working together to tackle obesity among the state's children.

Board members say the logic is if children are encouraged to make healthier choices, adults will, too.

The state Department of Health and the Mississippi State Medical Association released a report card recently that put Mississippi as the fattest, least-healthy state in the nation.

Efforts are under way across the state to reverse Mississippi's persistent fat label.

Schools must comply with a law that sets physical activity and health instruction requirements and restricts a la cart food sales, among other things.


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  • by MC Location: Meridian on Jan 23, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    In response to the previous comment: What does individuals receiving food stamps have to do with the obesity statistics in Mississippi?? Although our taxpayer dollars do contribute to those who receive this assistance, there are people in this country who have worked hard, and have contributed to the tax dollars, who have multiple dependants, and are suffering through some hard times, thus very well deserving of some assistance in helping to feed their families.
  • by Amanda Location: Meridian on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    The state should cut food stamps off to people with more than one child. If people knew they couldn't afford to feed one child, they should not have any more. People that are on food stamps should get food boxes with rice, bread, water, powered eggs, and cereal. Why should my tax dollars pay for steaks, shrimp and faygo's?
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