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A lesson in healthy eating on a budget

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- A Wyoming County group traveled to Raleigh County Thursday to demonstrate how to eat healthy on a budget.

The Diabetes Support and Healthy Lifestyle Coalition teamed up with Food Lion and other local sponsors, treating grocery shoppers to healthy shopping trip, all while staying in a $25 budget.  

Organizers say they want to do their part to fight obesity and diabetes by providing this hands on experience.  "The food that we're eating is playing a big part of [health problems.]  Obesity in Wyoming County... we're there at the bottom, the state of West Virginia is at the bottom with obesity, and that is causing a lot of the chronic illnesses that we have.  So what we're eating and putting in our bodies is important," says Charlene Cook, with the Diabetes Support and Healthy Lifestyle Coalition.

West Virginia ranks in the bottom five nationwide in health statistics.

Forty people came out to the Beckley Food Lion for the shopping excursion, including a group of student volunteers at the University of Illinois at Chicago on their alternative spring break.

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