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Obesity rates climb in Michigan

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(08/14/12) - A new survey, by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, shows obesity rates are climbing even higher in some states. Michigan is among the worst states for obesity rate.

At 40 percent, Saginaw County has the highest percentage of people overweight in our state. Genesee County also tops the list with 36 percent of people.

Kirk Smith, President and CEO of the Greater Flint Health Coalition, says while the numbers are discouraging, there are signs of improvement. "It's a work in progress, we need to change the community, we need to continue to engage people and basically offer places and programs that can keep them active," Smith said.

For example, the Commit to Fit Program has motivated thousands to get active and change behaviors. The program, now in it's second year, has new health challenges every quarter involving hundreds of county organizations.

"When we created Commit to Fit, we knew it would take time. It's a 10 year plan. We knew that addressing things like health behavior, physical activity and tobacco use, they're not things that you can fix overnight," Smith said.

If you'd like to take part in Commit to Fit's next challenge and help Michigan's overall health - click HERE. The Fall for Fitness Challenge begins in October and is open to the public.

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