Lose Weight With Your State

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Frighteningly, there are 17 states where at least 25% of the population is considered obese. But instead of considering much-needed weight loss a personal matter, some of these states’ governments are stepping in via the Web to make a difference in their citizens’ waistlines.

Indiana’s INShape Indiana program launched their online 10 in 10 initiative in January. Residents were inspired to lose weight by watching commercials that show Gov. Mitch Daniels working out and asking them to “log on and lighten up.” Since then, 37,000 Indianans have signed up, the Associate Press reports.

Lighten Up Iowa is another state-run, online weight-loss program, now in its sixth year. Participating residents are asked to track minutes of physical activity and pounds lost. It was reported that in a single month, 24,000 participants lost more than 46,000 pounds and recorded 12 million minutes of activity.

Program advocates are hoping Congress will back nationwide programs due to the country’s ever-growing obesity rate.

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