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Race, Income and Education Affect Your Health More Than You Think. UWF and Partners Want to Change That

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by Kevin Robinson

In theory, staying healthy sounds simple enough: just eat right and exercise.

But in reality, a lot of factors that people can’t always control — like race, genetics, income, educational level and intra-personal relationships — have an out-sized impact on their physical and mental health.

The result is families who struggle with one issue, poverty for instance, often struggle with other issues like lowered life expectancy, limited access to healthy food and high rates of obesity.

The University of West Florida and roughly 200 members of the community met Thursday to brainstorm ways people of all incomes and backgrounds can live the healthiest lives possible.

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