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Food for thought

Gazette staff December 21st, 2011

While you’re scarfing down your Christmas goose this week — what, you don’t eat goose? — consider this sobering stat: One in every four Oklahoma children goes to bed hungry.

This holiday season the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, thanks to Chesapeake Energy, is offering a unique opportunity for you to do something about it.

Chesapeake is matching every dollar donated to the Food Bank, up to $1 million. And every dollar translates into the nonprofit agency being able to supply five meals. That’s definitely something to chew on.

And along those lines: Pat yourself on the back — provided you can reach around that far — for helping Oklahoma land with a resounding thud at No. 4 on the list of states that gain the most holiday weight. We did it!

According to and ongoing data from the New England Journal of Medicine, the Sooner State packs on an average of 1.03 pounds for men and 1.04 pounds for women during the holiday season. This is one rung above Kansas, but three below Arizona, New Jersey and Texas, but fingers crossed — again, if you can — that we’ll (b)eat ’em out of the top spot next year!

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