A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official is urging Mississippi education leaders to continue fighting obesity and tobacco use in the state's schools.
The CDC recently released a report showing the state has made significant progress in reducing student access to tobacco and unhealthy snacks on school grounds, as well as educating youth about good nutrition.
Dr. Howell Weschler, director of the CDC's division of adolescent and school health, said Mississippi had become a model for the nation, but warned against complacency.
He said a CDC study found that 1 out of 3 children born in 2000 will be diabetic in their lifetime unless Americans adopt healthier lifestyles.
Mississippi has had the nation's highest obesity rates since 2004, but officials are encouraged by what's happening in the public schools.
A CDC report released last week said fewer secondary schools in the U.S. were selling candy and salty treats on campus.