Massachusetts Bill Seeks To Overhaul Zoning Laws To Promote Wellness

Public health advocates in Massachusetts support a bill to create the first major overhaul of the state's planning, zoning and subdivision laws in more than three decades in order to provide more nutritious school lunches and greater access to fresh foods in poorer, urban neighborhoods where residents often rely on corner stores or fast food restaurants, according to The Associated Press.

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Editor's Insight: Public health officials in Massachusetts are to be commended for recognizing the importance of a comprehensive wellness plan that includes physical activity in addition to nutrition.

The causes of rising obesity are not completely understood by scientists, but there is no question that lifestyles have become more sedentary in recent decades. 02-08-11 Elliot Maras

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