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Fight obesity in National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month.
March is National Nutrition Month.
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March is National Nutrition Month, and the newly released obesity data from Gallup-Healthways leaves much room for improvement across the nation.

The data looked at each state and ranked them according to obesity levels.

Mississippi had the highest obesity rate at 35.4 percent while Montana had the lowest level at 19.6 percent.

The national obesity rate also increased from 26.2 percent in 2012 to 27.1 percent in 2013.

Participants in the highest obesity states reported higher levels of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and depression.

Over 50 percent of participants in states with the lowest obesity levels reported healthy eating and frequent exercise, but statistics show an overall decline in both categories across the nation.

In honor of National Nutrition Month, as part of her Let's Move! Campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging families to try a new fruit or vegetable each week and involve the whole family in cooking new, healthy foods.

Look for more tips, information, and healthy nutrition ideas on the official Let’s Move! website.