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Obesity is health enemy #1

November 27, 2006

Albany  --  The biggest health problem facing government workers in Albany and Dougherty County is obesity.  

Almost 1,600 city, county and Water, Gas & Light employees underwent testing for their cardiovascular health at a recent health fair. The average Body Mass Index was 31.6.  That means their bodies are 31 percent fat. A healthy BMI is between 20 and 25. 

Dr. Joe Stubbs says fatty lifestyles lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes and death. "I think we're fat and we don't do enough exercise.  I think those are the two biggest things we could work on to try to improve."

Dr. Stubbs says making healthier choices when eating out, and reducing fast food intake can help in the battle of the bulge. 

The healthcare study also revealed that by improving the health of people enrolled in plans, it could reduce the amount of money paid out.  If one stroke is prevented, it could save the insurance provider $250,000 and, of course lives.

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