The Dan River region of Virginia is one of the most health-disparate regions of the United States. The area that stretches from Patrick to Halifax counties has a diabetes rate that is almost 50 percent higher than the rest of the country and a 5 percent higher rate of obesity; 17 percent of the area’s residents live below the federal poverty level. One in four do not have health insurance.
Fortunately, researchers in Virginia Tech’s Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise are working on a solution to improve the health of the region.
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