Haslam health task force to focus on Tenn. obesity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reducing Tennessee's obesity rate will be the focus of the Governor's Health and Wellness Task Force.

Gov. Bill Haslam noted in a news release Thursday that more than 1.5 million adults -- or one in three Tennesseans -- are obese.

Haslam said the state must encourage more healthy behavior and improve access to healthy foods and places to exercise.

The governor formed the 16-member task force in October. It is chaired by John Lacey, the University of Tennessee's chief medical officer.

The task force will work with organizations like the Y, the state's coordinated school health program, the Tennessee Obesity Task Force and local health officials and businesses.


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  • by Ronald Location: Gibbons on Mar 8, 2012 at 04:51 PM
    When you outlaw the use of giving animals hormones that transfer through the meat into the human obesity will solve itself. A nursing mother eat certain food will hurt her infant tummy. Same as when a cow is given hormones that goes into the meat and or milk. Regardless of what veterans say - They are afraid to buck the politicians.

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