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So how is Minnesota doing?

Adults:
According to the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, many Minnesota adults are overweight or obese, have developed health problems and chronic diseases and continue to not
practice healthy behaviors:
- 51 percent do not achieve weekly recommended physical activity recommendations
- 81 percent consume fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- 1 in 4 are obese and 1 in 3 are overweight
- 33 percent have high cholesterol
- 22 percent have high blood pressure
- 6 percent have diabetes and 26 percent have prediabetes

Adolescents:
The prevalence of risk behaviors among youth in Minnesota is setting up the next generation of adults for earlier onset and more widespread chronic disease. According to the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey:
- 67 percent of 12th grade girls report not participating in moderate physical activity five or more days per week
- 34 percent of 12th grade boys and 48 percent of 12th grade girls report not participating in vigorous physical activity at least three day per week
- 49 percent of 12th grade boys and 37 percent of 12th grade girls report watching six hours or more of television or videos per week
- 32 percent of 12th grade boys report playing computer or video games for six hours or more per week
- Fewer than 20 percent of elementary, middle and high school students surveyed report eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day
- 47 percent of 12th grade girls and 65 percent of 12th grade boys report drinking at least one soda a day

But Minnesota has a plan- this year the Minnesota Department of Health released an Obesity Action Plan. It can be found at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/chp/obesity/pdf/obesityplanfinal.pdf