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Florida has dropped from 19th to 12th in the nation for the healthiest weight.

12:48 PM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is ranked as the 12th Healthiest Weight in the Nation, according to a Florida Department of Health press release.

In January of 2013, the Florida DOH launched Healthiest Weight Florida in response to Florida's number one threat to public health, weight. Since the launch, Florida has rose from 19th to 12th in the nation for the healthiest weight.

The ranking comes from the report F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, which was released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the report, Florida's obesity rate for baby boomers is about 31 percent while the rate for seniors in Florida is just under 23 percent. The obesity rate among young adults 18 to 25 is nearly 15 percent.

"With only 35% of Floridians at a healthy weight, we recognize the continuing urgency of our weight challenge," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "Florida is making progress relative to other states, yet sustained effort is essential to bend the weight curve. The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative intends to secure a healthier future for Florida's children, adults, families, businesses and communities."

The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative focuses on associations across state agencies, local not-for-profits, private organizations and others to help people make informed choices about healthy nutrition and physical activity.

The F as in Fat report calls for the expansion of policies at every level to support healthy choices and for increased investment in prevention.

To learn more about this collaborative statewide effort, visit www.HealthiestWeightFL.org. Read the full report at www.fasinfat.org.

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