Mayor Karl Dean
Tennessee currently has the 2nd highest obesity rate of any state overall, 4th for childhood obesity, and Nashville specifically has an obesity rate of 30%. Mayor Karl Dean is sick and tired of those numbers, and he's taking action to get the city up and moving. The mayor discusses his health initiatives, including community walks to promote more active living, expanding the Greenway system and promoting local parks, as well as what he's doing to make school lunches healthier, and how you can get involved by joining the citywide 5k walk/run on Sunday, November 13th. You'll also hear from Miriam Leibowitz, Program Coordinator for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, who talks about how that program is stocking local convenience stores with fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as staples such as milk, eggs, and bread, using federal grant money to simulate both nutritious eating and commerce in poor, unhealthy neighborhoods.