The City of Jackson proclaims April as “Move More Month” in an effort to combat the high rates of obesity in Mississippi.
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba says the partnership with the American Heart Association is long overdue. Mississippi ranks highest in the country for obesity.
“It’s not only to see to it that we encourage the correction of our own problem but that we become leaders for the rest of the nation in terms of our recognition for healthy lifestyles. It’s no different so I want us to change that label. I think there is alot of things we’d like to be known for.”
Cardiovascular disease is listed as the leading cause of death in Mississippi. In 2013, stroke was the fifth most frequent cause of death Mississippi, accounting for 5 percent of all deaths. A leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke is lack of physical activity. Only about 1 in 3 (37%) of Mississippi adults are regularly active. More than 2 million (69.3%) Mississippians are overweight or obese.
According to experts, lack of regular physical activity can also lead to high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and poor mental health. Research shows individuals may gain two hours of life expectancy for every one hour of regular, vigorous exercise they do.