North Little Rock, Arkansas, home to approximately 62,304 residents, is tackling obesity throughout the community. Approximately 35% of adults in the Little Rock-North Little Rock metropolitan area, of which North Little Rock is a principal city, are obese. Further, 37.5% of students in the North Little Rock School District are overweight or obese, which is higher than the national rate. Fit2Live initiative was created in 2009 by the City of North Little Rock and the North Little Rock School District to address the obesity epidemic in our city and make the healthy choice the easy choice for our residents.
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Obesity rates among certain populations in North Little Rock are disproportionately high. Residents earning $20,000 or less a year reported overweight and physical inactivity—a risk factor for obesity—at a higher rate than their counterparts who earned more. Low-income residents make up a significant portion of North Little Rock’s population—roughly 16% of residents in the city live below the Federal poverty level. Certain racial and ethnic groups are also a concern, as approximately 47% of Hispanic students and 41% of black students in Arkansas are classified as either overweight or obese, rates that are significantly higher than their white peers (35.4%). In addition to obesity-prevention efforts aimed at the city’s entire population, certain initiatives target these high-risk populations.
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