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Florida's Surgeon General Brings Healthy Message To Port St. Joe

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Florida's top health official brought the war against two public health enemies – obesity and tobacco – to Port St. Joe.

Dr. John Armstrong, Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health, presided over a healthy cooking demonstration at the Dollar General Market.

According to Armstrong, the "challenge of weight" is the number one health threat in Florida.  He's promoting public-private partnerships to address the problem and offers a three step program to get started.

"One is substitute water for sugary beverages, the second is substitute fresh fruits and vegetables for breakfast and lunch, and the third, where possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator and go for a walk after lunch and after dinner," Armstrong said.

The Surgeon General also met with members of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) team at Port St. Joe Elementary School.  Armstrong praised the young crusaders for their efforts to discourage tobacco use through posters and brochures handed out at public venues.

The president of the SWAT team has a personal reason for taking a leadership role in the fight against tobacco.  "When I was three and a half years old, my grandma died from smoking," Malena Ramsey said.  "I just want to be president and lead everybody because I don't want my family to do tobacco anymore."

Click here for more information on Florida's Healthiest Weight initiative.

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