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Monday, October 1, 2012

UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SESSION FOCUSES ON OBESITY

“We need to spend more time preventing disease so we can spend less money treating disease,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said at the Texas Public Health Coalition’s third University of Health class. Speaking to policy analysts and legislative aides from the Texas Senate and House, Commissioner Staples and BCBSTX Chief Medical Officer Eduardo Sanchez, MD, discussed obesity, “the health issue eating Texas’ economy.” Commissioner Staples said the focus needs to be on lifestyle changes through education and improved nutrition standards. The Department of Agriculture developed the 3E’s of Healthy Living in Texas to tackle obesity: Education, Exercise, and Eating Right.

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