From the baffling government decisions file:
The Tri-County Health Department in Colorado has been awarded $10.5 million for obesity prevention, one of the higher amounts among the states and cities awarded $372 million for obesity and smoking reduction by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Tri-County department serves Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties where apparently they need help in losing weight.
We don't know how each county's residents stack up, but Colorado as a whole is the leanest in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Mississippi, on the other hand, with the highest rate of obesity, at 32.5 percent of the population, for years running, got nada from the competitive grant program. So it's interesting that First Lady Michelle Obama made a stop in Mississippi earlier this month in her "Let's Move" campaign that aims to combat obesity in children.
Her campaign focuses on helping parents make better food choices, serving healthier food in school vending machines and lunch lines, making healthy food more available and affordable and encouraging children to exercise more.
Yet, Mississippi was left out of the latest round of grants. Since states, cities, counties and tribes had to apply for them, it could be that Mississippi chose not to go there. Besides, there's probably too much fried catfish that nobody wants to go to waste.
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