Pennsylvania is the 19th heaviest in the nation, according to a study of the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
28.5 % of the population in this state considered obese. The goverment of the state has been tried to chage this situation – provides more nutritious school lunches, soda taxes, go-out-and-play television advertisements.
But “these things are going to take a generation to change,” said Eric Ruth, executive director of the Kellyn Foundation, a Bethlehem-based health advocacy group to the press.
St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network offer weight-control classes, even bariatric surgery.
At LVHN, administrators are making a simple pitch to doctors: If your patients are overweight, refer them to one of our programs. St. Luke’s is going into area schools to educate students on healhty eating.
State Rep. Michael Gerber, D-Montgomery, introduced a bill that would tighten up nutritional standards for student meals, limiting food items to 150 calories each and banning soda.