Arkansas health: puffin', stuffin', sluffin'

(April 22, 2004) - (Pine Bluff-AP) -- Arkansas's Health Department director says poor choices are costing the state a lot of money in health-care costs. Doctor Fay Boozman says diseases brought on by poor choices - tobacco use, a poor diet and lack of physical activity -- can be avoided. In Arkansas, cases of children having so-called adult-onset diabetes have increased, largely because of obesity and inactivity, Boozman said. He said the victim's will need medical care throughout their lives. Boozman said those health care costs strain the government's resources and overburdened health care system.