Bright & Early: Getting Serious Edition

Good morning, Nashville. A new study estimates that 45% of all 18-24 year-olds in Tennessee are too obese to qualify for military service. Though we’re in good company with 38 other states where more than 40% of young adults are unable to serve due to weight, the problem is becoming so widespread that officials are actually calling it a threat to national security. In recent months, Tennessee has vowed to step up its efforts to fight obesity by using some new federal grant funding to increase access to healthy food. Locally, Nashvillians are also organizing a big push for healthy food options in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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