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RI health dept. surveys Central Falls residents

October 19, 2011

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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I.—A Rhode Island Health Department survey of residents in Central Falls finds that about a third report being in fair or poor health and that only half get the recommended daily amount of exercise.

WPRO-AM reports ( http://bit.ly/oUJ8OW) that the Health Department and the Rhode Island Public Health Institute surveyed 311 residents of Central Falls. The survey found that 20 percent of residents smoke, above the average of 18 percent in jurisdictions with comparable populations living below the poverty level. Three-quarters do not eat the five recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

But the health department's Carol Hall-Walker said there were some good signs too. She called the community "vibrant" and said it was less "industrialized" than expected.

Health assessments were also conducted in south Providence and Woonsocket.

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Information from: WPRO-AM, http://www.630wpro.com/