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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Every state failed the CDC's "Healthy People 2010" plan to get obesity rates under 20% but some people are saying that even if they have healthy food choices; it turns out to be too expensive.
The CDC report says that 17 million children are overweight while Tennessee ranks as the 3rd highest obesity rate in the country.
Casey Peer, Dietitian at The Wellness Center at Dowell Springs says, "Times have changed. Kids don't play as much as they use too and you'll find more sugar added to foods now."
While it sounds good to eat more healthy; it can get expensive but it doesn't have to be.
W-I-C is one program that helps families buy fresh healthy food to cook for meals. Visit them online to see how you can take advantage of this program.
You could also try cooking home made meals.
"When you cook then you know what is in the food and it usually is cheaper than going for take-out." says Casey
Small steps could make a big difference when it comes to being healthy.