Summary: Unequal Access To Public Health

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Unequal access to public services has contributed to an increase in obesity rates among Americans. A study by the National Recreation and Park Association found that populations in underserved communities, have higher obesity rates than populations in better served communities. The highest obesity rates were found among African Americans at 44.1 percent, followed by Hispanics at 37.9%, and the least among Caucasians at 32.6 percent (Parks & Recreation, n.d.). The study found a correlation between access to parks and green spaces with certain qualities that increased their use. The qualities equated to shorter walking distances to parks and recreations areas from dwellings, parks and recreation areas with higher acreage, parks and
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