Leaders Work to Combat Obesity

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Combating the growing epidemic of obesity. That was the topic of a health summit in Dyersburg, Wednesday morning. The one-day event, called “Blueprint for Community Health”, focused on topics including childhood obesity, middle school student’s insight to community health and a Zumba fitness break provided by the ‘Y’. The summit, hosted by members of the pioneering healthy communities grant, believes if healthy alternatives are provided in communities, healthier lifestyle choices can be incorporated into residents daily routines. “One of the focuses for today’s conference was to take a look at what we need to do to our physical environment, said Beth Bell with PHC Team Dyer County. “Do we have walkable communities, are children encouraged to bicycle to school, and if not what can we do to change that?” Awards were also handed out for Dyer County’s Walk Across Tennessee. Leaders said 642 people participated, walking $100,000 miles over six weeks, with the top team walking a total of 3,600 miles.

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