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Improvement in health habits is a growing trend in Adair County

91.5 pounds have been lost in four weeks by health-conscious individuals meeting Monday nights at the extension office; four more weeks to go in this series
Adair County ranks worst, that's #1 in Kentucky, in our number of strokes; diet and exercise said to be key in changing this statistic
The Adair County Health Department and the Extension Office have joined forces, putting each of their agency mandates together, offering training in both fitness and weight loss in one meeting. They are part of the Governor's and the University of Kentucky's efforts to educate the public and offer assistance to help positively change statistics in our state which ranks near the bottom in health and fitness.

Fifty people attended the first class and signed up for to meet Monday evenings at the Extension Office by the Adair County Fairgrounds. There are four more sessions. Scores tallied Monday night showed a group total weight loss of nearly a hundred pounds.

This is a news story that won't go away soon because the state has so far to go. Recent news stories have indicated that Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in the union, ranking near the bottom by almost all the critical yardsticks.

If there are no time for classes, KET has launched "CommonHealth of Kentucky", a 13-part series continuing at 8 p.m. each Tuesday over the next three months. The series, hosted by Louisville surgeon Wayne Tuckson, will focus each week on particular issues, such as stopping smoking, diet, addiction, mental health, aging and exercise.

For more information, call 384-2317 for Kelli Bonifer, or 384-2286 for Jelaine Phillips.

This story was posted on 2005-10-26 10:07:13
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Fitness class has fun with parachute toss -- 91 pounds lost so far

2005-10-27 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. HEALTH AND FITNESS CLASSES being conducted by Kelli Bonifer and Jelaine Phillips hear tips for improved diet and participate in exercise workshops each monday evening at the Extension Offices. The parachute toss was enjoyed by all ages Monday night. A total of 91.5 pounds has been lost by the group in the first four weeks.
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