- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah health officials are crediting a drop in the state’s adult obesity rate to its youth programs promoting healthy eating and exercise.

The Utah Department of Health announced Thursday that the obesity rate in 2015 was 24.5 percent.

That’s down 1.2 percent from the year before.

The latest figures come from self-reported data through the Centers for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

A health department official said the state has made gains in the battle against obesity, in part through a series of health-focused programs and partnerships with health care organizations, daycare centers and schools.

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