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Public health report card

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Doctors in our state say there aren't enough Mississippians taking the right steps to living healthy lives.

Those are some of the results of a public health report card released today.

The Health Department and the Mississippi State Medical Association, who conducted the study, held a press conference at the state capitol this morning.

The doctors said that Mississippians top the nation in obesity and adults that go months without any physical activity. Their goal is to provide tips on better habits, to help everyone in the state live longer, healthier lives.

"Physicians know all too well the health behaviors such as poor diet, too little exercise, tobacco use, substance abuse, contribute to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other fatal conditions. If you don't take care of yourself, your health will go up in smoke," said Dr. Randy Easterling, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association.

The study says that thousands of people die from preventable diseases in Mississippi every year. They recommend eating right, watching your weight, exercising and not smoking to avoid health problems like heart disease.

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