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Kent County Ranks Highest in Obesity in Delaware

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DOVER,  Del.- Terry McGinty says he loves to exercise and has done so for nearly 50 years.

"I feel good every night. I never feel bad at night. I always feel good because it's post exercise. Endorphin levels are up," said McGinty, who was working out Wednesday at the YMCA in Dover.

Although McGinty is among lots of people who work out, a new study reports Kent County ranks the highest in Delaware for obesity.

The report by "Trust For America's Health," also reveals the state ranked 19th in the nation for obesity in 2011.

YMCA trainer Lori Speed said her staff works diligently to help reduce that ranking.

"It's simply a matter of walking in the door and signing up. Once you walk in the door and sign up, it's a matter of saying, 'OK, I'm going to try.' It takes six to eight weeks to establish a habit. It takes one, 'I'm not going to do it today,' to make it go away," said Speed.

Health experts at Delaware State University are trying to make obesity go away. Leaders hosted a town hall on the issue.

"We are going to be providing the audience tips that they individually can do in order to either lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. We also want to get their input. What do they feel is necessary for us to reverse the trend," said Marianne Carter, Director for the DE Center for Health Promotion at DSU.

It is a trend that McGinty said can go away with a little exercise.

"Any exercise is good no matter what level. If you come in here, no matter what you do, no matter what level, as long as you do it on a regular basis," said McGinty.

It's that routine that health experts say many people often have a hard time doing.

There is a gym-free way to drop those excess pounds.

Discovery Fit & Health offers 20 ways to slim down at home.

For example, you can burn 80 calories by dusting the surfaces in your home for 30 minutes, and just 30 minutes of folding clothes will burn 72 calories.

You can also vacuum for 20 minutes. That will help you burn 56 calories.

If you feel like painting, three hours of house painting will burn 1,026 calories.

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