Minnesota has lowest childhood obesity rate in U.S.

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Welcome to Public Health Moment from the University of Minnesota. A new report from the Trust for America's Health finds that Minnesota kids have the lowest rate of obesity in the nation – tying with Utah at just over 23 percent. Jamie Stang, a nutrition expert at the University of Minnesota, says that obesity rates vary dramatically by region of the country. <clip: “What the report has really shown is that…in the Midwest and the Great Plains area.”> Stang says that Minnesota’s relatively low rate of childhood obesity is due in large part because our children are more active than those in many other parts of the country. <clip: “When you look at physical activity options…kids can just get out and run around and play.”> With another Public Health Moment, I’m John Finnegan.



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Finnegan, John; Jamie Stang. (2009). Minnesota has lowest childhood obesity rate in U.S.. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/257569.

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