guest view: Citizen health

Tennessee is one of the best states in the country to live, work and to raise a family, but one area where we fall short is the health of our citizens.

Tennessee is consistently one of the bottom 10 states when it comes to health rankings. Nearly one-third of our citizens get no physical exercise on a regular basis. Thirty-four percent of Tennes-seans are classified as overweight. One in four Tennes-seans smokes, and one in five high school students smokes.

Altogether, our health problems cost us more than $6 billion every year. One of the most troubling facts is that children in Tennessee now have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

These are all things we have to change. The good news is that we can make significant improvement with some simple approaches.
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