Two Texas cities among top 10 fattest in the country
TYLER — A new poll reveals the fattest cities in the U.S.
It included 190 cities across the country, and two of the top 10 are in Texas.
McAllen tops the list with almost 39 percent of its population considered obese.
Beaumont is the fifth fattest with almost 34 percent obesity, and other Texas towns ranking high on the list include Corpus Christi and Killeen.
Though east Texas towns weren't included in this poll, Smith County community leaders are pushing to make sure their town a "Fit City."
"The whole aim of this group is to make Tyler a fit city one step, one bite and one health conscious decision at a time," said George Roberts, CEO of the Northeast Texas Public Health District in Tyler.
Roberts says the initiative started a few years ago, and since its' inception, Tyler has hosted countless events and programs to promote healthy living.
Right now, local community leaders and employees are in the middle of a "10 in 10 challenge," each aiming to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks.
Another healthy initiative happening here in east Texas is in Lufkin.
The Lufkin Daily News reports the city council just accepted a $81,000 grant to help in encouraging residents to improve their physical fitness.
For the full results of the fattest cities poll, click here: http://www.livescience.com/18886-obese-cities-list-2011.html.
Lufkin Daily News story: http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_1b8ffc64-6808-11e1-a1b9-001871e3ce6c.html.
Tyler's "Fit City" Challenge: http://fitcitytyler.com/