Governor's Budget to Help Fight Obesity

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 13, 2005
State Public Health Officer, Doctor Richard Jackson says the obesity epidemic is one of his top priorities and notes weight gain is contributing to higher incidence of costly diseases like diabetes and heart disease… While the details are still forthcoming, Jackson says he wants the California Obesity Initiative to include better access for the poor to healthy foods. Cut: Jackson2 (:11) “In many of those neighborhoods they can’t get good fruits and vegetables. And so outreach programs would be putting in place farmers markets in these communities, maybe economic incentives for supermarkets to relocate back into these communities.” The head of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Doctor Harold Goldstein says he’s pleased with the attention to the issue in the state budget and hopeful the funds will be used to create better access in communities for healthier eating and activity choices. SOC