Beijing to Bring Back Mass Calisthenics picks up on a Beijing News report that synchronized group exercise is returning to China’s capital after a three-year absence:

Starting next Monday, four million workers in the city will resume exercising for 8 minutes a day to the accompaniment of rousing music and directions played over a loudspeaker.

Every day at 10 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, Radio Exercise Set #8 will be broadcast on FM102.5

The mass exercises, which started in 1951, were suspended in 2007 “to make way for Olympic programming,” the Beijing News wrote.

In other health news today, the United States CDC reports:

Overall self-reported obesity prevalence in the United States was 26.7%….By state, obesity prevalence ranged from 18.6% in Colorado to 34.4% in Mississippi; only Colorado and the District of Columbia (19.7%) had prevalences of <20%; nine states had prevalences of =30%.

…In 2009, no state met the Healthy People 2010 obesity target of 15%, and the self-reported overall prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults had increased 1.1 percentage points from 2007.