TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Just six years ago, Indiana had the worst rate for obese adultsamong the 50 states. Indiana has since improved its rank to 23. ButGov. Mitch Daniels said there's still a lot more work to bedone.
Daniels spoke Tuesday at the 2009 INShape Indiana Health Summit.It's the fifth year for the summit, the first to be held at IndianaState University. The theme was "Healthy Lifestyles, HealthyCommunities."
"These summits bring together people who lead communities, wholead schools, who lead businesses, who can reach lots of peoplethemselves," said Daniels.
Joyce Anderson-Settle drove from Sullivan County, representingMilburn Healthmart Pharmacy. After attending, she hopes to workwith the local hospital to start a biggest loser program toencourage weight loss.
"I'm just sorry there's not enough time to get all the seminarsin," said Anderson-Settle.
Speakers emphasized three main points at the summit, cuttingdown on smoking, increasing the amount of trails through Indiana,and exercise combined with weight loss.
Daniels said the state is going in the right direction, but morebecause other states are getting fatter and Indiana has stabilized.He wants to see Indiana's rate of obesity decline.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Kenneth Cooper, who for 40 years hasbeen known as the father of exercise.
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