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Indiana’s obesity epidemic is on the rise. How can we reverse this alarming trend and help Hoosiers lead healthier lives?

Indiana’s obesity epidemic is on the rise. How can we reverse this alarming trend and help Hoosiers lead healthier lives?

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. One in three Hoosier adults is obese, and more than two in three are overweight or obese, costing Indiana an estimated $8.5 billion in 2017– most of which is borne by households and the private sector. A report released today by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation underscores these findings, showing that obesity has increased dramatically in Marion County and Indiana, becoming one of the most significa…
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$1.15 Million Investment Will Help More Indianapolis Students Navigate Decisions Around Drugs, Alcohol

$1.15 Million Investment Will Help More Indianapolis Students Navigate Decisions Around Drugs, Alcohol

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. As part of our effort to prevent substance misuse among young people, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation today announced a $1.15 million investment to help 29 Marion County K-12 schools implement drug prevention programs. The five grant recipients are the Metropolitan School Districts (MSD) of Warren and Washington Townships and public charter schools Urban ACT Academy, Ignite Achievement Academy and In…
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Indiana’s Smoking Rate Continues to Worsen, Despite Improvements Nationally

Indiana’s Smoking Rate Continues to Worsen, Despite Improvements Nationally

Alex Cohen is the Director of Learning and Evaluation for the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. According to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indiana’s already high smoking rate has gotten worse, in contrast to declines in most other states. That is bad news for Hoosiers and our state’s economy. Smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and takes a heavy toll on Indiana especially. An estimated 11,100 Hoosiers…
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