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Local group working to trim down obesity numbers

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—According to a new study almost 60% of adults in Washington State are considered overweight. The new Chair with the Food and Fitness Coalition with the Benton and Franklin County Health District is looking to overcome this increasing problem. 

Kelly Harnish, Food and Fitness Coalition Chair, says her first step is to bring awareness to the community through the group's first ever newsletter.  The monthly newsletter covers food and fitness tips.  However, for many being nutritionally aware isn't enough.       

"Fat, sugar and salt is really highly satisfying and almost an addictive complex and flavors, and so when we have those sensations we tend to reinforce the drive to get more of those," says Kelly Harnish, Food and Fitness Coalition Chair.

Harnish plans to make it a little easier for people to lead healthier lifestyles by making exercise activities available in the workplace and healthy food in the community.  She says there are many needs for local cultural and policy changes.

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