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Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle and County officials approve campaign to combat obesity

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Miami-Dade County officials are urging residents to get up and go. Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle sponsored a resolution supporting First Lady Michelle Obama's, Let's Move campaign, aimed at reducing childhood obesity in the United States. The Miami-Dade County Commission passed the legislation on Tuesday, July 20, expanding the program to target both adults and children in Miami with a public awareness campaign. Also a strong supporter of the campaign is Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who co-sponsored the legislation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida has one of the highest obesity rates in the country with 24.4 percent of the population classified with a Body Mass Index* (BMI) of 30 or more. People who are overweight or obese have been shown to have a greater risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancers, stroke, hypertension, and other health problems.

 

Our First Lady is tackling an issue that has become a public health crisis in our country, said Commissioner Rolle. If officials don't address this issue locally, the quality of life in Miami-Dade will gradually become worse as residents struggle with chronic illnesses caused by obesity, and the increasing cost of medical care. It's time for everyone to re-evaluate their lifestyles and incorporate a healthy diet and exercise into their daily routine.

Commissioner Rolle's legislation will be implemented through the collaborative efforts of the Miami-Dade Community Action Agency, Children's Trust, Miami-Dade County Health Department, Miami-Dade Public School System and American Diabetes Association, among other associations, to develop a public awareness campaign. The program, which commences August 1, will consist of the creation and distribution of posters, public service announcements, promotion of health fairs and use of public parks, and more.

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