Michigan to launch anti-obesity campaign

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2013 at 3:01 am •  Published: January 22, 2013
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Community Health plans to lay out a new educational campaign to combat obesity in the nation's fifth heaviest state.

Officials including health department Director James Haverman will unveil the campaign Wednesday at the Capitol.

Gov. Rick Snyder asked the department to examine the problem of obesity and in June it released the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan. The campaign is the result of that plan.

Last year, the department reported more than 30 percent of children from 10 to 17 were overweight or obese. The U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention reports that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese.