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Ballarat's weighty problem

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Ballarat has the second highest rate of obesity in Victoria according to recent data from the Heart Foundation.

38% of Ballarat adults are obese, a figure significantly higher that the state average of 31%.
 
Heart Foundation Victoria CEO Kellie-Anne Jolly says Ballarat also has a higher number of smokers than the state average.
 
"The average is around 13% and we've seen around 17.5% in the Ballarat region."
 
"Its one of those things that we are trying to encourage people to quit smoking, we know that it is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke," Ms Jolly said.
 
To support Ballarat's health push the Heart Foundation has launched a fundraiser and fitness scheme called https://www.mymarathon.com.au/ which is supported by former Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann. 
 
 
 
 
 

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