- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s top health official is leading an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of the state’s obesity problem.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker will participate in a series of events this week around the state intended to highlight the risks of obesity and ways to combat it.

Cuomo’s office says obesity has reached “epidemic” levels, with a quarter of New Yorkers considered obese and 36 percent overweight. The state’s costs associated with treating diseases associated with obesity reaches into the billions.

Zucker’s community visits coincide with National Public Health Week.

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