JOPLIN, MO.--- CNBC's report on the worst states to reside in cites public health as one of the main issues why Missouri made the list. According to the Missouri Department of Health Services, 30% of adults are obese and up to two thirds of adults are either overweight or obese. Also, about 1 out of 4 adults are physically inactive. However, there is some good news for Joplin. Kids and young adults here are involved in many recreational activities
"Youth is by far in a way, we serve them more than anybody," said Paul Bloomburg, Joplin Parks Manager.
The Joplin Parks and Recreation Department also makes it a priority to help adults become physically active by having sports leagues.
"We're busier than ever before. Our numbers are up with families," said Bloomburg.
Being a physically active community isn't only important to Park and Recreation employees, but also to city leaders. Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian says companies looking to move here take health and well into consideration.
"Safe community, public safety, good parks, park and recreation is important to them. We see a growing interest in people wanting trails," said O'Brian.
He says the city is doing a good job at using tax dollars to improve amenities, so more people will get off the couch and take a jog or bike ride around town. Other factors that got Missouri ranked third in the worst states to live list include: smoking, more than 23% of Missouri residents smoke. The low amount of vegetables and fruits Missourians eat.
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