Virginia Tech researchers fight obesity epidemic
The area of Virginia that borders 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 adult obesity, and 17 percent of the area’s residents live below the federal poverty line. One in four do not have health insurance. Local data also show childhood obesity is three times higher than state averages.
But for those families who participated in a recent Virginia Tech-led health initiative called the iChoose program, the prognosis for a healthier future is bright.
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