W.Va. offer programs to reduce obesity

February 6, 2007
by by April Vitello
Associated Press

West Virginia is taking drastic steps to shed its status as the third-heaviest state in the nation. More than 1,200 of the state's heaviest public employees have lost 14,000 pounds under one program. And obese Medicaid recipients will soon get to join Weight Watchers for free. Nearly a third of adult West Virginians are obese, according to a report issued last year by the Trust for America's Health. That makes the state the third-heaviest behind Mississippi and Alabama.

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