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Washoe County Health District Combats Obesity

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Last week, the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease, but does their declaration change anything when it comes to treating or preventing obesity in this country?

I asked Kelli Seals, a health educator with the Washoe County Health District that very question.

"It doesn't mean there's any guarantees, for example, insurance, offering treatments and what have you. It does lead to the possibility that we may see additional treatments being offered, including drugs, counseling and surgeries."

Seals said it's good obesity is now considered a disease because it isn't always brought on by diet or lack of exercise. She said genetics plays a huge role as well.

However, diet is big for most people.

So, here's how you can make sure you are eating healthier.

Seal said half of your plate for meals should be filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.

For a main course,  Seals said you should choose lean meats, like skinless chicken.

Get the ground beef that has lower amount of fat content.

Seals also said a huge problem is portion size. She said most people can keep eating how they eat, but don't need to eat as much.

The Washoe County Health District is working in our community to encourage exercise and get more people in shape.

"For example, if a new street is going to be built, there's a policy that a new bike lane is going to be put in with that street. That increases the option for getting on the bike and getting some physical activity."

To watch my entire interview with Kelli Seals, tune into my weekend show Face the State.

It airs Saturday on Channel 2 at 4:30am and 3:30pm. The show also airs Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

And for more healthy tips, go to www.gethealthywashoe.com

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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