Mississippi Wants Gov. Barbour To Get In Shape

JACKSON, Miss. —

First Lady Michelle Obama’s comment Wednesday about Gov. Haley Barbour getting healthier has some people sounding off.

Mississippi, the fattest state in the nation, has been trying to shed the unhealthy image by encouraging an active lifestyle — a result of the Let’s Go Walking Mississippi campaign initiated by the Barbour administration.

While some praise the governor for implementing healthy programs such as this one, others said the governor should set a better example.

“If I want to talk to you about going to work out, then I should be working out, too,” said Mississippi resident Mary Moorehead. “So then, governor, you should go now and start to drop your weight and set an example and you get on the trails, then the kids will follow.”

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3/5/10