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Mayoral Candidates Discuss Health of Tulsans

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The forum was held with a green colored backdrop, but the health stats for many Tulsans have doctors seeing red.

"People are aware that some of our health data is bad, I don't think they're aware of the depth of our health issues," said Bruce Dart, Director of the Tulsa Health Department.

When it comes to tobacco, 25% of Tulsa county adults smoke. Alcohol? Nearly 20% are considered heavy drinkers. And when it comes to weight, 60% are the heavy side.

"Years ago our biggest issue was infectious disease because it was killing people, our biggest issue now is obesity because it's going to be killing people," he said.

Enter the mayoral candidates.

"Tulsa has a wide variety of opportunities for us to get outside, do something fun," said Mayor Bartlett.

With ideas to promote healthy lifestyles ranging from economic development, to education, to making exercise options more available.

"To make sure we've got sidewalks and trails and bike trails," said Kathy Taylor.

As to what they do to stay healthy?

"I drink about 90 ounces of water a day. I exercise four times a week, and I have a garden. I try to grow vegetables, eat them, and keep my calories under control," said Taylor.

"I'm fortunate that I'm married to a very healthy woman, makes sure that I eat a lot of fish and vegetables, that I do exercise, although not enough as I should, but I do," said Bartlett.

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