Brownback urges communities to fight obesity

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback is urging communities to fight obesity, saying people are eating themselves to death.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://is.gd/Vab9aI ) reports that Brownback’s comments came Monday during the second annual Kansas Obesity Summit in Topeka. Brownback urged health care advocates from across the state to take a local approach to combating obesity that focuses on incentives and events.

As an example of incentive-based health efforts, Brownback cited his Governor’s Weight Loss Challenge. In that event, he and a team of four others set a weight-loss bar and then encouraged other teams of five state employees to try and beat it. Those that did shared a $30,000 prize pool donated by sponsors.

Brownback also praised 10K races and other local events that get communities talking and training together.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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