Our Big Problem

Alabama has plenty of problems. There’s one problem, however, many of us can see every time we look in a mirror.

The below stories encompass an occasional series examining the spread of obesity and related health problems in Alabama, and the bigger questions facing our society as a result.
Kids' groups encourage running and biking for exercise, health
Building successful running and cycling programs like these also takes a large support network, according to people who have started similar successful groups in other cities across the country.
Jun 24, 2012 |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ideas, philosophies shared at meeting on 'Our Big Problem'
As the conversation played out, the Obesity Task Force director encouraged the group to meet again to continue the dialogue. She challenged everyone to learn their own Body Mass Index numbers.
Jun 22, 2012 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeking solutions to what ails us
It’s our big problem, and tonight is your big night to start doing something about it.
Jun 21, 2012 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Talking about the weight: Community leaders discuss Alabama’s obesity problem
Carla Thomas wishes every patient in her clinic had a scale and weighed in every day. Schuessler Ware wonders what happened to the neighborhood schools to which kids walked from their homes. Mary Stonebraker hopes healthy changes to school menus will help convince students to eat better at home. And Tracy Sims wishes people could even remember what good health looks like.
Jun 17, 2012 |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bob Davis: Changing our health — and our lives
They marched around my hometown like a small army of security guards, walking an early morning beat as the sun rose. When I was growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it seemed the pattern was set for the older generations in my west Alabama hometown.
Jun 17, 2012 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alabama high schoolers near top in obesity, soda consumption
Obesity rates in Alabama high schools are among the highest in the nation, according to a federal study released Friday. Alabama teens also outstrip almost all of their peers in consumption of soda, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, a nationwide study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that monitors health behaviors of teens.
Jun 08, 2012 |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Star to host discussion group, film screening on Alabama's obesity problem
The Star will host a screening of the HBO documentary “Weight of the Nation” at 7 p.m. June 21, followed by a group discussion on what Anniston and surrounding communities can do about rising levels of obesity here and across the nation. Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to attend.
Jun 01, 2012 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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JSU’s slimmer 4: Take ’em on tour
That sound you heard is opportunity landing squarely in the laps of minders at Jacksonville State University. Let’s encourage them to make the most of it.
May 02, 2012 |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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JSU team takes second in state weight-loss contest
A Calhoun County team comprised of Jacksonville State University football coaches has won second place in a statewide weight-loss contest.
Apr 30, 2012 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Does church make you fat? Churchgoers tend to be overweight
Bishop Reinaldo Whyte lost 30 pounds after his wife, Jenniffer, became a Zumba instructor. But he’s had a hard time convincing people that staying in shape is his duty as a Christian — or that obesity is something churches should address.
Apr 21, 2012 |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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