The nation’s obesity epidemic continues to grow, and Louisiana is among 19 states with an adult obesity rate greater than 35 percent. Brooke Thorington has more.
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The National Weather Service and the State Fire Marshall’s office have issued warnings asking people to avoid open burning due to breezy and dry conditions. Marsanne Golsby has more.
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Two out of every five adults in adults in Louisiana are considered obese, President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, Nadine Gracia (Gar-cee-AH) says the adult obesity rate in the Bayou State is 39 percent and to address the crisis we have to look at system base solutions…
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Louisiana is among 19 states in the country with an adult obesity rate over 35-percent and it was only a decade ago no states had rates over 35 percent. for 2021 Louisiana ranked 7th in the nation for adult obesity.
Gracia says it’s not only adults with obesity concerns, 22-percent of children in Louisiana are considered obese. She says obesity is a complex issue and has several contributing factors for example genetics, societal issues, and economics.
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During the pandemic food insecurity only increased and many individuals used food as a coping mechanism which also led to an increase in obesity rates. Gracia says to address the issue states need to implement fact-based obesity prevention programs that not only improve one’s quality of life but can also reduce health costs.
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To reduce child obesity rates, Gracia says the “Making Healthy School Meals for All Students” should become a permanent policy. Since the pandemic, the federal policy was not renewed.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for southeast Louisiana urging people to avoid open burning due to dry and breezy conditions. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue asks residents to take it seriously. She says between January and March, four people died from out-of-control piles and another person died yesterday in Bienville Parish
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Rodrigue says the State Fire Marshal is urging the public not to do any outdoor burns this week.
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Forecasters say the lack of rain, plus low humidity and winds expected in Southeast Louisiana from Hurricane Ian contribute to the danger.
Rodrigue says if you have to do any outdoor burning, please be careful. They advise you to keep any burns at least 75 feet from any structures and keep a five-foot wet area around the burn piles. Don’t use flammable liquids around the burn pile.
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The Red Flag Warning is in effect for southeastern Louisiana tomorrow as well.
The vehicle of a sixth grade teacher reported missing in the Houston-area has been found in New Orleans. The husband of 48-year-old Michelle Reynolds reported his wife missing last Thursday. Sergeant Danny Lares, with the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office in Texas says they do not know what Reynolds was doing when she went missing
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Reynolds’ family is reportedly in New Orleans searching for her. Lares says their detectives in Texas are following up on any leads they get…
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The car she was driving is a Lexus RX 300 with a Texas license plate RSV2914. Lares would not say the condition or where the vehicle was exactly found in New Orleans. He says they are seeking the public’s assistance in the search for the mother of three…
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Reynolds is from Alvin, Texas, which is located south of Houston.
LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey gave a no comment yesterday when asked at a press conference about her former player Brittany Griner, who is serving a nine year prison sentence in Russia for drug possession. Mulkey hasn’t said much about Griner’s public ordeal, but had this to say on Tiger Rag Radio earlier this year
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Mulkey and Griner won two national championships together at Baylor. But the two have apparently had a falling out. In 2013, Griner told ESPN magazine that Mulkey told her not to be open publicly about her sexuality while playing at Baylor. But Mulkey told Tiger Rag Radio in late June she’s praying for Griner to come home…
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Griner was playing professional basketball in Russia when she was caught in an airport in February with less than a gram of hashish oil.
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