Tackling Obesity

Perennial Pro-Bowl attendee and future NFL hall of famer, Derrick Brooks, spent yesterday afternoon not playing football, but presiding over the inaugural meeting of Floirda Governor Charlie Crist’s Council on Physical Fitness. The council, formed by Gov. Christ in March, is aimed at reducing obesity in children and the elderly within 10 years.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 60% of America’s youth are obese and have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and approximately 25% have two or more risk factors.

As council chairman, Brooks headlines a noted group of athletes that includes Rocco Baldelli, outfielder for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays; Jennifer Capriati, former Olympian and women’s professional tennis standout; Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer; Ken Griffey Jr., outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds; Shaquille O’Neal, center for the Miami Heat and four-time world champion; and Corey Simon, former NFL defensive tackle.

 For more information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, visit: HealthyFloridians.com.

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