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Community to meet on improving health

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington Health Revolution will make a renewed push to improve the health outcomes in the Tri-State when they meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Huntington's Kitchen.

The community meeting, which begins at 5 p.m., is open to anyone interested in achieving a healthier Huntington area.

Yvonne Jones, director of Ebenezer Medical Outreach, which leads the Huntington Health Revolution charge, said health outcomes are not improving and the group needs to re-focus its efforts.

"We need a boost," Jones said. "We had this meeting a couple of years ago and 50 or more people showed up, but now we've gotten down to where it's just a few folks. We want to get more people involved and pull the community together."

The first meeting of Huntington Health Revolution took place in March 2010. The group was formed in the wake of a report several years ago listing the Tri-State as the most obese area in the country and the subsequent filming of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.

Jones said, citing one news source, that the area dropped to No. 3 in America's Fattest Cities with 36 percent of residents being obese. Jones also spotlighted a recent report showing the rate of diabetes has grown 131 percent in the past 15 years and a County Health Ranking that lists Cabell County No. 46 out of 55 counties in West Virginia in overall health outcomes.

"Things aren't getting any better," she said. "We want to have this big meeting at the kitchen, kick off a new 90-day challenge for residents in January and try to get more people involved.

"Together we can make the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton area healthier," Jones said.

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