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Video: Obesity task force in Dan River region

The Dan River Region of Virginia has the dubious distinction of being one of the most health-deficient areas of the United States.

The area that stretches along the border of North Carolina from Patrick to Halifax counties has an almost 50 percent higher rate of diabetes than the rest of the country, a 5 percent higher rate of obesity, and 17 percent of the area’s residents live below the federal poverty line. One in four do not have health insurance.

Fortunately, researchers at Virginia Tech are working on a solution to improve the health of residents of the Dan River area by developing a multi-pronged program that aims to incorporate not just nutrition education, but exercise initiatives and community gardens — a multifaceted approach that could be used as a model to battle the obesity epidemic in similar communities across America.

Read more about the Dan River obesity research project.

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    Dan River Region research project could be a model to combat nationwide obesity epidemic

Release Date: August 2, 2013
Length: 03:33
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