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Diabetes, Dialysis and Dirty Water in Central Valley

Genoveva Islas, director of PHI's Cultiva La Salud, is interviewed in this radio story by NPR's Latino USA on obesity and diabetes among Latinos in California's Central Valley, where these challenges are made more difficult because residents also lack access to clean water. "In the Central Valley we have agriculture, the prison system, and the next growing business area is dialysis centers. What does that say about us?" says Islas.

Obesity and diabetes rank as the top health troubles affecting Latinos in this country. Three out of four Latino adults are overweight, and the rate of diabetes is almost twice the rate of non-Hispanic whites. These two health problems are difficult to overcome in any community, but it’s especially tough in California’s Central Valley, where they lack one basic necessity—clean water. And it’s hard to stay on a healthy path when bottled water is more expensive than soda.

 

Access the full story on Latino USA.

Originally published by Latino USA


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