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Guest Editorial: Obesity Rate

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    Editorial: "For the Greater Good"

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:20:04 GMT
    Sometimes for the greater good you have to do things that you didn't necessarily plan or want to do.  This is what I ask of Marvin Wiggins and Elton Dean as they seriously consider the requests of ASU'sMore >>
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  • Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Consequences"

    Editorial: "Viewer Feedback: Consequences"

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:20:05 GMT
    Our editorial earlier last week focusing on recent arrests of Alabama and Auburn football players lead to the following feedback on wsfa.com and our WSFA 12 News station Facebook page…here is just a sampling:More >>
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  • Editorial: "Consequences"

    Editorial: "Consequences"

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-07-15 23:20:05 GMT
    It's been a bumpy start for the two highest profile college football programs in Alabama and maybe the country. Since April three University of Alabama football players have been arrested (2 for DUI andMore >>
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Congratulations central Alabama!

Two years ago, our obesity rate was 34.6%, tied for highest in the country! The latest figures show our rate has dropped to 30.9%!

We're no longer lead the country, we're not even the highest in Alabama…sorry Huntsville.

Our new rate means 13,000 fewer people are obese than two years ago.  13,000 people who may have longer lives and fewer health problems like heart disease, stroke, and some forms of cancer.

But we still have more work to do! Fortunately, a lot of people are working together to keep us moving forward. 

Healthier school lunches, better access to locally grown produce, making communities more walkable and encouraging active lifestyles will lower our obesity rate even further…and save more lives.

Congratulations on what you've already accomplished…let's show the rest of the country that we're not finished yet!

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