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Experts Suggest Stronger Efforts To Combat Obesity In D.C. Area

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The report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" ranks states and District of Columbia on the obesity scale. Maryland is the 26th most obese state, Virginia is 30th and the District is 50th. But in all three, the percentage of adults who are obese is around the 25 percent mark.

Jeff Levi heads Trust for America's Health, the organization that co-authored the report. He says D.C does have policies in place especially in schools that could help, such as meal standards that are stricter than federal requirements and limited vending machines. But he says that's just the first step.

"We certainly have done more than both Maryland and Virginia have done," he says. "And certainly a lot of pieces of policies are in place. What's hard to judge is how well they are being implemented. So every state has a physical education requirement. How effectively those get implemented will vary on a school-by-school basis."

Rates of diabetes and hypertension have increased significantly in all three jurisdictions.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

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Sen. Mikulski's Vote Clears The Way For Obama's Deal With Iran

With the approval of Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, announced Wednesday, President Obama has secured enough support in Congress to sustain his nuclear deal with Iran.
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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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