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NCCDPHP Success Story : Arkansas Town Makes Strides to Create Safe Streets for Walking and Cycling and Cycling
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    Public Health Challenge

    Arkansas and Alabama are tied for third

    among states with the highest obesity

    rates, according to 2016 Behavioral Risk

    Factor Surveillance System data. Unless

    something changes, the state faces many

    years of chronic disease and stress on the

    health system. According to the Arkansas

    Department of Health, 82% of Monroe

    County adults were overweight or had

    obesity in 2016. Clarendon, the county

    seat, is a small town of about 1,400. A

    needs assessment conducted by Arkansas

    Healthy Lifestyles Involving Food and

    Exercise (Arkansas Healthy LIFE), a

    program of the University of Arkansas

    Cooperative Extension Service, revealed

    about half of the county residents did not

    have access to any safe places for physical

    activity. In addition, the county scored only

    5.2 on a 10point

    healthy food environment

    index. Surprised by these findings,

    Arkansas Healthy LIFE formed the HEAL

    Clarendon coalition.

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