Coalition works to fight obesity epidemic

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Obesity rates are on the rise, according to the latest Community Health Needs Assessment out of Olmsted County.

A group of people from around the community are going to be working together to find solutions to the obesity epidemic. On Monday, afternoon the Making it Better Obesity Coalition of Olmsted County met. They’ll be analyzing the most recent data that shows obesity rates have increased 4 percent since 2013.

“Interestingly enough, 45 percent of our residents who were surveyed believed that they are overweight or obese, yet 68 percent, when calculations of BMI are included, are actually overweight,” expains Kari Etrheim with Olmsted County Public Health.

The coalition will also be holding quarterly Knowledge Forums for the public– the first one will be on Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Woodlake Meeting Center in Rochester.



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