Scientists and health care professionals have sounded the call: Americans need to embrace healthier lifestyles, or the costs to our quality of life and our health care system will be devastating.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Kaiser
Family Foundation, as many as 58 percent of all Virginians are
overweight or obese, 23 percent do not exercise on a regular basis, and an
estimated 25 percent of Virginians smoke or use other tobacco products. In fact, obesity in Virginia has jumped 10 percent in just the last decade -- more than any other state in the nation.
Governor Warner sees a role for Virginia government to play
in promoting healthy lifestyles in our workplaces, our schools and among families
who receive health care through Medicaid. That effort is called "Healthy Virginians."
This site serves
as a central clearinghouse for information on the Healthy Virginians program. With
public and private partners from around the state and beyond, Healthy Virginians
wants to make YOU the healthiest you can be.