Butler County Times Gazette
  • Brownback urges communities to fight obesity

  • Gov. Sam Brownback is urging communities to fight obesity, saying people are eating themselves to death.
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  • 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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