October 27, 2015
In hopes of combating the state’s obesity epidemic, along with other health issues, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced a plan that aims to not only reduce obesity but also encourage healthier practices by Arkansans.
Healthy Active Arkansas, unveiled Oct. 14, is a system of research-based strategies that outlines community efforts to reduce obesity. It has recommendations for efforts to be orchestrated on the state level. The plan is meant to be used by businesses, education centers, religious organizations, restaurants, city planners and others.
“This is not a one-time thing. We’re not going to have a news conference on this and forget it,” Hutchinson says. “This is not a public service announcement. This is an objective that I have for my time as governor.”
The plan’s goal of targeting obesity is largely due to obesity being linked to so many other health problems.