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Pickens County is one of 14 Alabama counties recognized by the Center for Disease Control as having an obesity rate of 40% or higher. To help combat this growing problem, the CDC is partnering with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to address 3 strategies to help our local citizens become healthier. The strategies are to increase nutrition education information, find ways to make fresh fruits and vegetables more available, and to increase the opportunity for physical fitness activities. A community coalition has been established and work on this fabulous program is ongoing.