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Professor offers tips on healthy choices at annual NAACP banquet

Below is an excerpt from the article in The Burg.

The Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch of the NAACP recently held its 37th Freedom Fund Banquet in Latham Ballroom at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

The keynote speaker at this year’s banquet was Alison Scott of the College of William and Mary. Scott’s presentation was titled “Health Starts in Our Communities: The Prevention Crisis.”

She laid out the facts about health challenges, especially in the African-American community, and she suggested measures that could be taken for all people to lead healthier lives.

Health is not something we get at the doctor’s office, but is significantly influenced by the conditions in which we live, work and play.

The opportunity to be healthy begins at birth and continues across the lifespan.

She concluded that by embracing the work of primary prevention in our communities, we can work toward providing all with the opportunity to make healthy choices, irrespective of income, race or education.