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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts kicked off the brand new yr on Monday with a stroll across the Nebraska Capitol to promote the advantages of exercise.

Ricketts and others used the occasion to encourage Nebraska residents to enroll within the WellPower Movement, a free program organized by the nonprofit Nebraska Sports Council. The program presents an exercise tracker, group challenges and different options to assist individuals exercise.

Dr. Gary Anthone, the state’s chief medical officer, stated roughly one-third of Nebraska’s grownup inhabitants is taken into account chubby, a 7% improve over the previous seven years. He stated solely 15 different states have larger weight problems charges, and weight problems is a danger issue for experiencing extra extreme coronavirus signs and ending up hospitalized.

Dave Mlnarik, the Nebraska Sports Council’s govt director, stated the program this yr will supply digital badges for finishing health challenges.

Nebraska’s first woman, Susanne Shore, stated the program has helped her keep lively. Ricketts stated he routinely makes use of a stationary bike and logged round 5,000 miles and 17,000 minutes of exercise final yr.

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