Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Monday, September 26, 2011

F as in Fat

Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released this past July. Minnesota is ranked the 38th most obese state in the nation. While Minnesota is faring better compared to most states, our increase in obesity over the last fifteen years is alarming. Our adult obesity rate increased more than 73 percent over the last 15 years from 14.6% in 1995 to 25.3% in 2010.

This year in Minnesota, the American Heart Association will continue to fight for policies that lower the prevalence of obesity in both children and adults. This past year we succeeded in getting the Legislature to preserve the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and passing a clarification in the law to promote greater community access to schools for physical activity. We want to encourage lawmakers to continue their support for these issues and take the lead on advancing heart-health legislation.

Will you share the F as in Fat report with your state lawmakers? Click on this link to let legislators know about the obesity problem in Minnesota.

There isn’t a single idea or policy that is the “silver bullet” for reducing obesity but there are proven strategies that do work if they’re implemented. It will take all of us working together to make a difference on this issue. You’ll be hearing more from us about specific legislation in the months ahead, as well as opportunities to discuss these topics with your elected officials.

Please take a minute today to share this message with your lawmakers. Thank you for helping to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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