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| SEP 25, 2013 2:18 PM
After about 21 years of being overweight, West River community activist and resident Ann Greene wason her way to becoming “just another familiar African-American female statistic—obese, diabetic,stroke-in-the-making, maybe dead.”Greene shared her story with over 50 people who gathered at the Beulah Heights First PentecostalChurch on 806 Orchard St. Wednesday morning to learn about and participate in Get Healthy CT‘snew initiative: A challenge to all of New Haven to lose a collective 375,000 pounds in two years.City Community Services Administrator Althea Marshall Brooks, Jeannette Ickovics of Yale School of Public Health, and Yale-New Haven Hospital hosted the first meeting of the initiative, which is incelebration of New Haven’s 375th anniversary.Get it? 375 years. 375 pounds.The initiative aims to steer the New Haven community towards becoming healthier by focusing onmore healthful eating, physical activity and support systems. After guests mingled and helped themselves to free coffee and breakfast, they gathered in thechurch’s sanctuary to learn more about the health initiative.Ickovics (pictured above) presented a nationwide, statewide and citywide health overview. DespiteNew Haven’s numerous health programs and services, chronic diseases like obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes threaten the community, she reported.The 2012 Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE) survey revealed that people inNew Haven’s lowest-resource neighborhoods have poorer health compared to Connecticut and thenation. CARE also found that New Haveners do not meet national recommendations for diet andexercise, which contribute to the city’s high rate of chronic diseases.In her remarks Wednesday, Greene pointed out the importance of personal and communitytransformation.
New Haven Challenged To Lose 375,000 Pounds
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