DANVILLE, Va., Aug. 12, 2013 – The Dan River Region of Virginia has the dubious distinction of being one of the most health-deficient areas of the United States.
The area that stretches along the border of North Carolina from Patrick to Halifax counties has an almost 50 percent higher rate of diabetes than the rest of the country, a 5 percent higher rate of obesity, and 17 percent of the area’s residents live below the federal poverty line. One in four do not have health insurance.
Fortunately, researchers at Virginia Tech are working on a solution to improve the health of residents of the Dan River area by developing a multi-pronged program that aims to incorporate not just nutrition education, but exercise initiatives and community gardens — a multifaceted approach that could be used as a model to battle the obesity epidemic in similar communities across America.
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BLACKSBURG, Va., June 14, 2013 – Planting a tree can save energy. The right tree in the right place provides wind protection, shade, and cooler summer air, while adding beauty, privacy, and wildlife habitat to the landscape.
Two experts affiliated with the College of Natural Resources and Environment are involved in a new online resource, Trees for Energy Conservation, to help consumers and professionals make decisions about selecting, planting, and maintaining trees for energy conservation.
Eric Wiseman, associate professor of urban forestry and arboriculture, and Adam Downing, senior forestry and natural resources Virginia Cooperative Extension agent, were involved in developing the interactive site, which includes guided lessons, opportunities to question experts, and links to articles on such diverse topics as planting trees for noise reduction, the urban heat island phenomenon, and tips for renters. Wiseman and Downing have contributed many articles and other information on the website.
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