Dr. Janea Snyder, Ph.D

Host, Community Development Minute

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.

Ways to Connect

Did you know that the built environment can influence overall community health and individual behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating? Well it can!

The CDC defines the built environment as the physical makeup of where we live, learn, work, and play.

Did you know there is a First Time Home Buyer program that can help you build a new home or renovate an existing one? The First Time Home Buyer program is financed through the City of Little Rock with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) which supports the development of communities and home ownership.

Did you know that engagement in regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your overall health? Well it is!

There are many benefits when engaging in regular physical activity. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the benefits include improved brain health, weight management, reduced risk of disease, stronger and healthier bones and muscles, overall improvement in your ability to engage in day to day routine activities, and it also proves to be beneficial to increasing your overall quality of healthy life.

We are all subject to stressful moments in life and living during a pandemic can cause extra stress. Did you know that stress can negatively impact your body? It can!

Here are a few tips that can help you reduce and manage stress:

COVID-19 has impacted lives globally. The mortality of this disease is alarming, even in the state of Arkansas.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, and for men and women in the United States. This means that many of us in Arkansas could be at risk.

So how can we reduce our risk of heart disease? First, know the medical conditions and behaviors that increase risk of heart disease including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, lack of engagement in physical activity, diabetes, alcohol consumption, and unhealthy eating habits.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects thought processes, feelings, and behavior.

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.

Although there is a shortage of affordable rental housing in the United States, the low-income housing tax credit is one way the federal government tries to address the shortage. Do you know how it works?

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.