The prevalence of chronic diseases in America has increased substantially within the last few decades, increasing the cost of healthcare by billions of dollars. In addition, these diseases have a higher incidence rate for low-income populations who may have greater difficulty accessing adequate resources or appropriate treatments. There has been a growing body of literature supporting the use of community-based exercise and nutrition interventions. Community-based interventions emphasize social supports and personal empowerment for behavioral change. Given the chronic and growing nature of these diseases, this paper will examine community-based exercises and the surrounding elements which facilitate and hinder behavioral change.
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