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Enjoy the Mardi, skip the Gras

February 21, 2012
by Kedgy Larson, American Heart Association volunteer, Shreveport
Shreveport Times

 

As we watch the last float, we are reminded that the end of carnival has arrived. Unfortunately, Mardi Gras may also remind us that today is not the only thing that is overweight in our state.

Study after study ranks Louisiana at or near the bottom of obesity rates and leading indicators. The Trust for America's Health states that Louisiana is the fifth most obese state and the obesity rate has increased more than 80 percent over the last 15 years. The Center for Disease Control ranks Louisiana No. 5 in their new "inactivity index," as roughly 30 percent of Louisianans reported they did not spend any free time being physically active.

 

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