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Aug. 26 2008 12:00 AM

Alabama, pushed to second in national obesity rankings by deep-fried Southern favorites, is cracking down on state workers who are too fat.


The state has given its 37,527 employees a year to start getting fit or theyll pay $25 a month for insurance that otherwise is free.


Alabama will be the first state to charge overweight state workers who dont work on slimming down, while a handful of other states reward employees who adopt healthy behaviors.


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