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Resources available to help fight obesity

Saturday morning’s Iron Fitness boot camp is just one of the many health resources available in Dallas County to help fight the ever-rising obesity epidemic.

Alabama has the third highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to the State of Obesity organization’s report “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America” released in August of this year.

Alabama’s adult obesity rate is currently 35.7 percent, up from 22.6 percent in 2000 and from 11.2 percent in 1990.

The highest age groups with obesity rates are between the ages of 45 and 64 with a 42.1 percent, and is higher in women at 34.1 percent.

Something has to be done.

Whether nutritional education or more active programs, Dallas County has a lot to offer in the ways of fitness.

Multiple gyms including Iron Fitness, Selma CrossFit, the YMCA and In Shape are available.

The multiple resources here leave no room for excuses.

Everyone starts somewhere, and the most important moment is just getting started.