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Governor Slimming Down

October 15, 2003.  --Posted at 8:14 AM

LITTLE ROCK, AR.  --Governor Huckabee says he has lost 75 pounds through exercising and watching his diet.

 He says he wants to be an inspiration for others to shed some pounds. Huckabee says he wants to use his public office to promote health and wellness across Arkansas.

He says a healthier population would reduce health care costs associated with obesity and inactivity. While on an early morning walk in August, Huckabee disclosed to

The Associated Press that he had dropped 50 pounds since starting a medically supervised diet. Since then, the governor says cards, letters and e-mails have poured into his office offering support.

Huckabee says he wants to meet with state officials to discuss strategies to make Arkansans healthier. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recently ranked Arkansas third nationally in the percentage of residents considered obese.

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