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Obesity battle in Wisconsin taken to the pulpit


RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - The battle against obesity is about to reach the pulpit.

In Racine this week, a campaign was launched to get Wisconsin religious groups and leaders to promote exercise and healthy eating to their congregations.

Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign and the group Save the Children are hoping to get 1,000 religious leaders behind the movement. They’re encouraging churches to host summits and start a host of programs which address childhood obesity.

Members of various faiths attended a strategy session at an Episcopal Church center in Racine.

Andrew Hysell of Milwaukee, who heads Save the Children’s Campaign for Healthy Kids, called obesity a “21st century epidemic that affects a-third of Americans.” He said if it’s not addressed, “This could be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents.”

The most recent data shows that about 27 percent of Wisconsinites are considered obese. And almost two-thirds of state residents are either obese or overweight.