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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Mississippi turning tide on childhood obesity

After a 30-year rise, the percentage of obese and overweight elementary school children in Mississippi is going down, according to Keythric Merriweather, chair of the Tunica County Community Health Council, which is a program of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.
The Center for Mississippi Health Policy reported a significant 13 percent drop from 2005 to 2011 in obesity/overweight among Mississippi elementary students.  The rate dropped from 43 percent in 2005 to 37 percent in 2011.

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