No. of Recommendations: 5

HERNANDO, Miss., Oct 28 (Reuters) - When Dr Michael Minor first became pastor at Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in
Hernando, Mississippi, in 1996, he discovered a population
overcome by an epidemic of obesity.

"It was so bad, I was having a funeral every weekend," he

Minor took dramatic action for a Southern preacher, banning
fried chicken at church potlucks
and setting up a walking track
around the church perimeter.

He has had marked success. "You can see the difference.
People are much better sized, way better. And once they get it
off, they want to keep it off," he said.

Now he is taking on the much bigger task of trying to get
the state's nearly 275,000 uninsured people to sign up for
health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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