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Residents of economically disadvantaged neighborhoods have disproportionate rates of overweight and obesity and the diseases and health conditions associated with these risk factors.23

Acknowledging the challenges and identifying the needs of disadvantaged neighborhoods is an important step when looking at ways to create a healthier community. Neighborhoods with higher proportions of economically disadvantaged residents are typically the same neighborhoods that report higher rates of pedestrian injury, obesity and asthma — and less access to safe parks and healthy, affordable retail food options.24

Local officials can work with community leaders on strategies that reduce harm to less affluent populations and increase community resiliency. As needs are identified,— such as limited park space, unsafe or inadequate transportation infrastructure and a shortage of safe, affordable housing  — residents and local officials alike can identify solutions to improve conditions.

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