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Growing Healthy Communities: Combating Obesity

Rural communities report higher rates of obesity, and Arkansas is overwhelmingly a rural state.

Obesity increases risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. But obesity is either preventable, or modifiable. It's never too late to adopt a healthy diet and engage in physical activity. Pack your lunch instead of eating fast food, make water your main beverage, snack on fresh fruit & veggies, make exercise a priority even if it is just a daily walk. If your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks consider a trail, or community park.

The American Heart Association believes a person’s life expectancy shouldn’t be determined by their zip code. I agree. Engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors will help Arkansas reduce its obesity rate and improve the quality of life for all.

You can find more info at heart.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.