Arkansas needs "culture of health"

(April 6, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Arkansas' health department director says individual behavior that's hard to regulate is responsible for many of the state's health problems. Doctor Fay Boozman says the state needs to promote a "culture of health" to improve its overall physical profile. Boozman says health problems are mainly related to tobacco use, physical inactivity and obesity. He says the way to promote health is to encourage it through schools, workplaces and community coalitions. Boozman and other health professionals honored organizers of health programs across the state on the Capitol steps in kicking off Arkansas Public Health week, the state's first. The campaign includes lectures and tomorrow's dedication of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' College of Public Health building.