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Making West Virginia Healthier
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on December 16, 2013 @ 12:22PM
Created on December 15, 2013 @ 5:09PM

By now we know our state has been receiving poor grades on the health of it's citizens, but people want to know why it's important and what we can do to fix it.

5 News spoke with some experts in the fitness and health industry, and they think that one of the most important things is educating people on all the different aspects of health--because a healthy society will be more productive and will create a healthier economy.

"People are more productive when they are healthier. People feel better. You're doing more things. You're more productive [and] you're happier. So I think economically it has huge implications as well as just how an individual feels," Matt McCullough, personal trainer and owner of Anytime Fitness told 5 News.

One of the other big problems with the state's health report card was that 28% of West Virginians were still smoking. A sales associate with the Volcano E-cigarette kiosk would like to see smokers turn to E-cigarettes to wean themselves off of cigarettes.

"Electronic cigarettes will definitely be a good start for the smoking factor," said Daniel Heck. He added, "You can wean yourself off of cigarettes and the addiction to nicotine or you can, like I said, use it as a healthy alternative to smoking."

Obesity also continues to remain a problem, and experts are hoping that by reaching kids they can begin changing the state's culture.


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