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Louisville hosts Southern Obesity Summit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The state of Kentucky has the highest percentage of high school teens in the country who are obese.

Health advocates say to change that, we need to change behaviors.

That's the big topic at the 8th annual Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville.

The three-day event includes nearly 400 people from 16 southern states.

They're trying to figure out how to change policies to get kids healthier.

This includes what people eat during pot lucks at church, what kids are fed at school and how much time they spend in front of the TV.

"We need more parks, we need more walking paths, we need fresh, healthy foods," said Carolyn Dennis of Shaping Kentucky's Future Collaborative. "All of those things will contribute to us being healthier.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, Kentucky has the highest percentage of obese high school students in the nation at 18 percent.

The summit will continue Monday and Tuesday with panels and discussions among national health leaders.

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