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Utilizing Exercise and Nutrition in the Treatment of Chronic Disease: Community-Based Models

 

ABSTRACT

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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