the greatest and most costly public health challenges we face as a nation is
the rise in chronic disease, including heart disease, stroke, type ll
diabetes, and some cancers.
Richmond and Petersburg,
Virginia have alarming increases in obesity, due to inadequate nutrition,
unhealthy behaviors, and a lack of physical activity.
to the US Census Bureau one in four Richmond residents lived in poverty in
2015. The second highest concentration of indigence among Virginia’s 30 largest
cities and counties, according to the statistics released. The poverty
rate in the capital was 24.6 percent.
'The high rate of people
living in poverty here has been a century in the making, and will take years to
overcome, said Thad Williamson, who formally led Richmond’s Office of Community
Wealth Building, an agency focused on battling poverty.
The Poverty rates in
Richmond’s three main suburbs were significantly lower: 9.2 percent in Henrico
County, 6.7 percent in Hanover County, and 6.5 percent in Chesterfield County.
The City of Richmond, VA ranks
the 2nd most obese city in U.S. according to a Gallup survey, it is reported
that 63% of adults are overweight or obese, while 53% are physically inactive.
of people eat fast food in Richmond, VA. Currently we have 274 fast food
restaurants in the city as of 2016. Proportions are out of control.
Finding easy access to fresh
produce is also a problem for certain areas in Richmond. Several neighborhoods
don’t have any grocery stores within a mile’s distance. The great news is that
Richmond launched a shuttle service to drive those who do not have
transportation to stores. Currently in Richmond, VA we have 274 fast food
restaurants and growing...
Chronic diseases could cost
Virginia $51.3 billion in medical costs and an extra $21.3 billion annually in
lost employee productivity.