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Michigan starts program to help residents lose weight

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Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Haveman (Credit: Fox 2 News) Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Haveman (Credit: Fox 2 News)

By Fox 2 News Staff

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -- If you resolved to lose weight in 2013, the state of Michigan wants to help.  State health officials launched a new educational program to help reduce obesity.

Right now Michigan is the fifth fattest state in the country.

If you sign up with the Michigan Department of Community Health, you'll receive text messages on your phone to help keep you on track.

State health department director James Haveman pledges to lose 20 pounds himself using the plan.

"This is an ongoing, interactive, monitoring program, so you just can't say I want to do it and forget about it.  You're going to be reminded, given little tips, given little ideas of things that you can do to lose that 10 percent.  And 10 percent is doable," says Haveman.

According to obesity standards, 1.5 million adults and 800,000 Michigan kids are too fat.

Click here for more information about the new program.

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