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OKC Named Unhealthiest City

By May 24, 2011

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It's not the first time certainly and it won't be the last, but if for no other reason than perception, the news hurts, particularly when it appears in a widely-read publication such as USA Today. In a ranking of the 50 most populous metro areas, the annual American Fitness Index from the American College of Sports Medicine calls Oklahoma City the most unfit city in the country. Along with the availability of parks, walking trails and farmers' markets, the study is based on factors that have been significant problems for OKC such as smoking rates, obesity rates and percentage of people who exercise.

Of course, the health issue has been one of considerable focus in the city and across the state. For example, Oklahoma City is still on a diet, having lost over 800,000 pounds since 2008. Metro-area school districts are instituting healthier menus and fitness programs. And perhaps you've seen advertisements for "5320," a campaign from the state health department pointing to the number of lives lost each year due to controllable health-related problems.

Unfortunately, it's too early to tell whether these and other efforts will bear fruit, and even if successful, they will take time. So just as soon as we hear positives such as Oklahoma rising to the 11th best state for business, health-related bad news is likely as well, at least for a while.

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May 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(1) Morista says:

LOL! have they checked the breathing problems on the people in LA and New York? You cant smoke pretty much anywhere there or it is endangerment to someone, however they think nothing of driving their cars all over during stage 4 smog alerts!!!GET REAL PEOPLE!!!

May 25, 2011 at 11:41 am
(2) Jesse says:

You want to see something, while driving around during the day, just notice the others that are on the road and how many are over 200lbs. Unless you are over 6’5″, you should be under 200. I see people everyday that are so over weight that it is just sickening. You also notice that most of these people are driving lower cost or unkempt cars. The reason is that they spend most of their $ on their food. Then they are the worst ones that I hear complain about everything. The whole truth is that lives are not worth anything, and they live in regrets. Sorry for telling the truth.

May 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm
(3) Sha says:

Maybe some of the people “driving lower cost or unkempt car” don’t have as much money and therefore, can’t afford some of the higher priced food such as fresh fruits, fish, and vegetables, etc. Also, their cars may be “unkempt” because they have young children and are single, just trying to make it working and taking care of their kids.

I do think we need more education on nutrition and making time for exercise. I also think we should have mandatory cooking classes in school as so many people don’t know how to cook a proper meal. I know some take home education in school, but I think all should be required to take it. Please bring PE back into the school day!

May 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm
(4) Kellie says:

I agree with Sha. The lower income people and families tend to live more in the city area than the wealthier people who live right outside and drive in. It’s no secret that unhealthy and low nutritional foods are cheaper than healthier foods. Those families are trying to deal with the bad economy like everyone else. It isn’t right, but it’s a lot easier and cheaper to go through McDonald’s than going to Wal Mart to get all the ingredients to make a healthy meal. That’s why it’s so important that schools provide healthy meals for students since around 30 million students are fed by the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. For some students, that may be their only meal for the day. I’m under 20 and I had PE in elementary and middle school. It definitely needs to be part of the school day. Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s also a mood booster!
Oklahoma really needs to step it up on being healthier. I love OK, but it’s embarrassing that we are ranked 6th in overall obesity rates and 45th in overall citizen health.

November 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm
(5) Tara Thomas says:

If you want to know great ways to get healthy and stay healthy you should see my nutritionist, Erin Duey! She is fantastic! She does weightloss, exercise, nutrition, she even has a massage therapist! Her prices are fair too! And she is so encouraging! Seriously wonderful! OKC can be healthy again… but we hafta start somewhere! erindueync.com

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