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Community Development Minute: Growing Healthy Communities

Since 2009, the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP), through its Growing Healthy Communities initiative, has helped communities like the University District in Little Rock reduce obesity and improve the health of their residents.

In 2010 the University District was selected as one of ArCOP's Growing Healthy Communities. With partners in the University District, the neighborhood and its Development Corporation started the Garden to Grill Health Awareness class, a farmers’ market and a community garden. It also installed new sidewalks and sponsored a pop-up dog park. These initiatives earned the University District ArCOP’s recognition as a Thriving Community.

ArCOP and its recognition program help communities make changes that can improve residents’ lives and show their success and sustainability as communities. You can learn more about Growing Healthy Communities and the University District at UDDCLittleRock.org.

Dr. Janea Snyder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) in Health Education and Promotion for the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where she majored in Health Studies. Both her undergraduate and master's degrees were conferred at UA Little Rock. Dr. Snyder hosts Community Development Minute on KUAR, a one-minute educational program, which highlights the work of Community Development organizations like the University District Development Corporation (UDDC), which supports the UA Little Rock neighboring communities. She serves on the board of the UDDC.