By: Elizabeth Nickerson
August 18, 2013
Tallahassee, FL--Angel Trejo, a Tallahassee resident, started working out again after his first heart attack, twenty years ago. He says sometimes you need a rude awakening to get back into shape.
"You can't live without a heart, since then I've been trying to keep active," said Angel Trejo, a heart attack survivor. "That was a scary part of my life but I've overcame it."
Trejo is trying to break the unhealthy streak and a new study, funded by two national non-profits The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust For America's Health, shows that many Floridians are doing the same.
Back in 2012, the obesity rate was about 26 percent. Now results show that it is down at 25 percent. The state weighed in as the 12th least-obese state in the nation, an improvement over last year when it was 19th. But Georgia stayed the same at 29 percent and remains one of the fattest states.
"Things in motion tend to stay in motion, so once you get going it really is fast and it can really be life changing," said Joshua Bartlett , a Gold's Gym employee.
He says the best way to tackle the obesity problem is to take the first step and get moving.
"We still have a long we to go, we haven't won the obesity battle yet," said Trejo.