Visit to State Fair could make you healthier

August 10, 2010
by Daniel F. Evans Jr.
Indianapolis Star


An estimated 900,000 individuals from across the state will be in town for the Indiana State Fair -- one of the best events of its kind in the country, thanks to Indiana State Fair Commission Executive Director Cindy Hoye and her staff. It's an opportunity to have fun with family and friends, and to enjoy the rides, the sights and, of course, the food. Corn dogs, elephant ears and deep-fried candy bars are fun at the once-a-year fair. Unfortunately, far too many Hoosiers enjoy such fare on a regular basis.

A report released in June by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows 28 percent of Indiana's adults are obese. That means 1 in 4 -- more than 1.7 million -- Hoosiers are at risk for developing chronic diseases like diabetes, the seventh-leading cause of death in Indiana. These at-risk individuals could fill 28 63,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadiums.


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