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CONSIDER THIS: Start living healthier

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According to recent data, two states have adult obesity rates above 35 percent, Mississippi and West Virginia. Out of the top ten most obese states, seven of the ten are southern states. We can change that.

With this cooler, more enjoyable weather it’s a great time to get outside and begin a new fitness regimen. If you’ve never exercised you can get started with very little expense. All you need is a good pair of shoes and some self-motivation.

If you live in the metro area you’re fortunate to have many options. The trails around the Reservoir and Natchez Trace are impressive and extensive, but many smaller communities have also invested in trails. Wherever you call home, you can probably find a safe place to get outside and get some exercise.

Consider This:

Many people develop New Year’s resolutions to live healthier, but a lot of those resolutions are abandoned within a matter of weeks. Instead, start working on a new you right now by walking or biking a little bit each week. When the winter weather begins to arrive you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Like many rankings, Mississippi is on the wrong end of the obesity list. This year’s list should be released next month and there’s a good chance the state will once again have the top ranking as most obese. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little effort to get moving, eat healthier and eat less we can get Mississippi moving out of that top ten list and let another state fill that negative slot.

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