Obesity: A Community Searching for Answers

Scotty Crowe readily admits that he and his family eat much healthier meals these days than a year ago. Cooking for the Crowe's is a nightly family event.

Exercise and better prepared meals, with the help of trim again winner weight loss, have helped Scotty and wife Lisa lose 125 pounds over the past year and a half. Lisa jogs while Scotty has become a tri-athlete.

A watchful eye is keeping tabs on Scotty and Lisa. Eight-year-old son Casey makes sure they stay on course with their diets. Because of the health concerns surrounding obesity, health officials say the more kids know the better off they are.

Health officials say more families should make the Crowe's their role models. They say it's about the basics; balancing eating with the right amount of exercise. Statistics show two-thirds of adults have no exercise regiment, which means most of their children won't either.

"Kids spend five hours a day watching TV and playing video games. They're sedentary and often eating while doing these activities," says Nancy van Vessem of Capital Health Plan.

The obesity town hall meeting will take place Thursday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the city commission chambers. Free screening will also be available.