YAKIMA--Yakima is one of the most obese counties in the state. More than one-fourth of county citizens are obese, more than state and national figures. The Yakima County Health Board is working hard to fight the fat. A state grant gives the county $48,000 a year until 2010 to promote obesity prevention. A local doctor says educators and retailers both need to be involved in getting people healthy.
"Education is one thing," Dr. Stan Flemming said. "[Having] access to these healthy foods and making them available not simply available but affordable is a very critical piece in having a comprehensive program."
Yakima is using the money on Rev It Up, a program that works to stop childhood obesity. Nine schools will participate in Rev It Up in and after school programs starting october first.