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Thursday forum to address health concerns in Mattapan

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 2, 2012 09:14 AM

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With the highest obesity rates of any neighborhood in the city, Mattapan faces health challenges not seen in other areas of Boston.

The Mattapan Community Health Center along with its partners, The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and the Boston Public Health Commission, want to find out what can be done to tackle health concerns in the neighborhood of 36,000.

A community meeting will be held Thursday to gather feedback from area residents about what the challenges are when they try to make healthy lifestyle choices and what community and government organizations can do to support residents.

In Mattapan 37 percent of adults are obese, higher than the Boston average of 21 percent, according to the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Mattapan residents also face challenges with diabetes. The neighborhood has the tenth lowest rate of diabetes hospitalizations out of 12 “Wellness Trail Neighborhoods”, according to Tufts.

Thursday’s forum will be held at the Mattapan Community Health Center from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. The free event will feature Spanish and Haitian Creole interpretations and refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Vivien Morris at info@mattapanfoodandfitnesscoalition.org

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