Southern states meet in summit to fight obesity

November 12, 2008
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Health officials, policy experts and community advocates from 15 states wrapped up a 3-day obesity summit in Birmingham Tuesday with hopes of creating policies to shed the South's distinction as the country's fattest region.

More than 260 people attended the summit.

Michigan, which ranked 10th for obesity in a summer report by the Trust for America's Health, and Missouri (ranked 13th) were the only non-Southern states at the conference, which covered everything from community design to marketing healthy lifestyles to youth.

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