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McLennan County battles national obesity problem

POSTED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 3:24pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 4:42pm

MCLENNAN COUNTY -- More than half of all adults in McLennan County are overweight or obese. But a 230,000 dollar grant called "Transforming Texas," is hoping to do just that.

"There's three goals, it's to reduce death and disability by 5 percent due to tobacco use, obesity, and heart disease and stroke,"  Margo Shanks, Health Services Coordinator at the McLennan County Public Health District, said.

Through the grant, the Live Well Waco Coalition was formed and includes local businesses, hospitals and learning facilities interested in helping their community get fit.

"Coming together seems like a good idea to a lot of people so, we're happy that so many people on the coalition and we're always accepting more," Shanks said.

Within the next 4 years, you can expect city events like a health extravaganza that will take place in September.

"The idea in these events that we're doing is to promote what Waco has. You know, we have parks, we have bike trails, we have a walking path, so that people can get moving."

If there's one thing you can do now to get your lifestyle moving in the healthy direction...

"I would recommend a walking regimen. You know if you could walk 20 minutes everyday, that's a step in the right direction and really the hardest step is the first step."

The Live Well Waco website is currently under construction, but when it is complete, the site will have information on upcoming events.

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