Coalition Educates Children, Adults on What, When and How to eat to be Healthy, Combat Obesity
LITTLE ROCK, AR (Feb. 28, 2012) – March is National Nutrition Month® and a good time to “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Arkansas was named the ninth most obese state in the country, according to the eighth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In addition, nearly one-third of our state’s adults – 30.6 percent – are obese.
While these statistics are staggering, they represent only part of the health problem in Arkansas. Obesity is a primary contributor to serious chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, 53 percent of Arkansas adults are living with at least one chronic disease.