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State unveils obesity-fighting plan


MADISON (WSAU)  Wisconsin health officials are looking for public comments on a preliminary plan to fight obesity. Among other things, the plan urges communities to tighten up their designs and zoning, so more people can walk or ride bicycles to work-and-school. It also encourages at least an hour a day of physical activity for kids – and allowing more time for workers to get their exercise.

The state’s plan includes a number of goals – like reducing the percentage of obese adults from 27-percent to 24 by the year 2020. The plan also seeks to reduce the percentage of overweight or obese high school students from 23-to-21-percent – and increasing the numbers of adults eating fruit at least twice a day from 35-to-39 percent.

The state Health Services Department is taking written comments on the plan until July 18th. To see the plan, you can log onto to the department’s Web site, accessible at Wisconsin-Dot-Gov.