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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Yes, West Virginia leads the nation in diabetes and heart disease, but -- as Karen Thaxton, wellness director for the city of Charleston, said -- "We don't have to stay there."
Want to get in shape in 2012? Lower that blood pressure or cholesterol? Have more energy every day? Chase away depression? Prevent heart problems and diabetes?
Here are a bunch of your fellow West Virginians -- ages 6 months to 83 -- saying, "Go for it!"
"Exercise regularly and you lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, asthma, cancers -- all kinds of things you don't want," said Sam Zizzi, professor of sports and exercise psychology at West Virginia University.