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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.

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