Governor Touts Healthy Schools Initiative

AUGUST 2, 2006 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee says that, if nothing is done to curb the trend toward childhood obesity in this country, parents could outlive their children.  Huckabee spoke yesterday at Little Rock to a forum on the problem.  He compared the nation to an NFL game, where there's "22 people on the field in desperate need of rest and 70,000 people in the stands in deseperate need of exercise."

Huckabee called childhood obesity a crisis.  He said it will make the country uncompetitive economically and so physically ill that children will develop health conditions at younger ages and die earlier.

The meeting was part of an initiative sponsored by Huckabee and former President Bill Clinton.  Representatives from more than 170 schools around the country attended the meeting.

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