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Oklahoma ranks sixth in obesity


A recent report released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that Oklahoma is one of the six states with adult obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more. According to the report, U.S. adults who are obese increased to 26.1 percent in 2008 compared to 25.6 percent in 2007.

Obesity is a major risk factor for many diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This study shows the obesity problem is getting worse and if these trends increase its likely the costs of healthcare and obesity related diseases will increase. It is important to educate Oklahomans about living healthy lifestyles so we can become a healthier society.

The USDA's MYPyramid and Dietary Guidelines provide dietary and physical activity recommendations for health as well as weight loss. It is a good idea to develop an eating plan for lifelong health. In addition to good nutrition, physical activity is important.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most if not all days of the week is important for health benefits. To prevent weight gain it recommends 60 minutes and 60-90 minutes each day to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

The Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Oklahoma Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender or disability.

For more information on Cleveland County 4-H programs call 405.321.4774. To learn more about the 4-H community visit http://Oklahoma4h.okstate.edu.

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