What President Obama Wants You to Do This Thanksgiving

November 2009
Last year, U.S. spending to treat obesity hit $86 billion---a figure that could quadruple as America's waistlines keep bulging in years to come, points out Medill News Service, which cites a study finding that almost half of U.S. adults are expected to be obese by 2018. But you can't blame Boulder for the trend. A federal analysis of obesity rates across the nation concludes that Boulder County is the nation's thinnest, writes the Daily Camera. That's according to 2007 data---the most recent available---showing that less than 13 percent of people in the county are obese and just four percent reported diabetes, a health problem closely linked to obesity. Meanwhile, some counties in Alabama and Mississippi are more than 40 percent obese. Denver's rate is about 16.3 percent. What's President Barack Obama doing about the problem? Taking to the airwaves on Thanksgiving Day. In a public service announcement with the NFL, viewers will see New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees toss a pass to an unseen player. Wait! It's Barack Obama---and he's taking on Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. And they're playing on the White House lawn (via USA Today). The message: Get out and exercise, kids