fighting obesity

the West Virginia Healthy Lifestyles Coalition is ready to get to work on fighting obesity in West virginia. Helen Matheny, chairwoman of , spoke to the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health Wednesday they want to suggest specific policy changes legislators can put in place to fight the state's obesity crisis. Established in 2005 by a legislative mandate, the coalition has thus far been a forum for individuals and organizations to share information,

.A screening of more than 135,000 state fifth-graders last year showed that one in four has high blood pressure, 26 percent have high cholesterol and 29 percent are obese, according to West Virginia University's CARDIAC screening data. West Virginia is number one in the country for diabetes, heart attacks and obesity, according to the 2011 Gallup-Healthways rankings.

She's also been asked to speak to the committee again in December after the lifestyles coalition has researched possible policy changes