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Study shows more than a third of Florida youth are overweight

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More than a third of Florida youths are overweight or obese according a report released Tuesday by the Trust for Americans Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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St. Pete leaders celebrate locally based healthy initiatives with the First Lady at the White House

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St. Pete Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and Healthy St. Pete Director Kim Brasher met First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Wednesday to celebrate a milestone in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative that St. Pete is a part of. “This groundbreaking milestone of reaching 500 communities brings us closer to the goal of providing every American with the opportunity to live in a community that prioritizes the health and well-being of their residents,” said National League…

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Bill would require restaurants to give calorie counts on menus

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A trio of Republican lawmakers is backing a bill that would require restaurants to provide the calorie count of their menu items. Their purpose: to combat obesity. Margie Menzel reports. Representative Ed Homan of Tampa is a sponsor of the Obesity Prevention Act. An osteopathic surgeon, Homan said 60 percent of Americans are overweight, and they’re not the only ones paying the cost of their care. “Forty-six percent of all insurance now is paid by taxpayers, either through Medicaid, Medicare,…

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