Smithville Mayor Taft Hendrixson and County Mayor Mike Foster have signed resolutions recognizing October as National Chiropractic Health Month.
The resolution states that "Whereas, a healthy weight is an essential part of a healthy and active lifestyle;
Whereas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States over the past 20 years;
Whereas, statistics show that more than 60% of adult Americans are either overweight or obese and that nearly one-third of U.S. children and adolescents are either overweight or obese;
Whereas, being overweight or obese is associated not only with heart disease and diabetes but also with increased risks for certain types of cancer;
Whereas, excess weight puts added stress on the low back and forces the spine to work harder to hold the body upright, which in turn causes stress and tension in the muscles and often leads to pain;
Whereas, Doctors of Chiropractic are preventive care providers who focus on the health of the whole person and have particular expertise in the prevention and care of neuromusculoskeletal injuries;
Whereas, Doctors of Chiropractic are trained in proper nutrition and often provide their patients with dietary advice and exercise recommendations;
Whereas, National Chiropractic Health Month serves as a reminder to all of our Smithville and DeKalb County citizens about the importance of making good health decisions, including eating nutritious foods and getting adequate amounts of exercise;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Mayor of Smithville and County Mayor of DeKalb County join with the American Chiropractic Association and Dr. R. Atnip of Atnip Chiropractic Clinic in proclaiming the month of October as National Chiropractic Health Month.