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Battling obesity in Richmond’s Iron Triangle

on November 26, 2011

The Iron Triangle has long been known for its crime rate, but now it’s working on a new reputation: A more fit and healthy neighborhood.

Thanks to the Kaiser-funded collaborative Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL), parents and children in the Iron Triangle are eating better and getting more exercise.

Studies show that obesity hits hardest in low-income communities where residents don’t have easy access to the right kinds of food or resources to prevent the disease.

This is Part 1 of Kamila McDonald’s three-part series on obesity in Richmond, and the measures that residents and leaders are taking to reduce it. Part 2 in this video series, coming to late this year or early 2012, will explore the links between park conditions, crime rates and obesity.

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