"There has to be someone that pulls all these pieces," she said, adding she looks forward to continuing the effort.

Councilman Dion Guthrie said the county's obesity rate equates to 171,000 people.

He said an emphasis should be put on getting junk food out of places like schools and libraries.

"One thing I think we can do a lot better is the kind of drinks we sell out of the machines in public facilities," he said. "I think we really want to take a hard look at what we dispense out of our machines."


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Kelly replied that when the task force works with schools, businesses and child care centers, that will absolutely be a component.

"We want people to drink more water instead of sodas," she said.

Kelly also said she wants a campaign to address the issue of water and fluoride, noting that a lot of bottled water does not contain fluoride.

"We have a lot of work to do but I think we are starting to move the needle," she said.

Lisanti also noted that 31 percent of pre-schoolers were obese in 2009.

Council President Billy Boniface said the initiatives could also tie in with a greater emphasis on buying local food.

"This is an opportunity for us to promote our local agriculture as a healthier thing," he said.

Lisanti replied there is a component of connecting local farmers with schools and the general public.