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Group to target Hawaii's obesity rates

By Associated Press


A group of retired military leaders who drew attention last year with its claim that overweight children are a threat to national security, are now targeting Hawaii's obesity rates.

The group, "Mission: Readiness," is expected to release a report Wednesday calling for Hawaii schools to provide healthier meals since four out of 10 young adults in the islands are either overweight or obese.

The group earlier released similar reports in Kentucky and Georgia. It wants Congress to provide schools with equipment and training for healthy meals.  

Mission: Readiness is made up of more than 200 retired senior military leaders. They're concerned that one in four 17- to 24-year olds in the U.S. are too overweight to serve.

They say they're focusing on Hawaii because of the large military presence.

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