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SC officials issue plan for fighting obesity

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

South Carolina health and agriculture officials have unveiled a plan to reduce obesity, which they say costs the state $8 billion in health care every year.

Officials from the Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Department of Agriculture say their plan has short and long-term strategies.

Plans include increasing access to affordable fruits and vegetables, as well as access to physical activity for children in schools and employees at the workplace.

Last month, a new report found the rate of obesity among South Carolina's young people ranks second in the nation. It also found the state's adults rank 10th in the nation for obesity rates.

DHEC director Catherine Templeton says if current trends continue, the state's children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

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