Reporting: Rabbit Zielke
Rosemary Porter has lived most of her life in the Alton Park community of Chattanooga. Once a thriving community housing the families of blue-collar workers at several local manufacturing plants, this neighborhood is now an inner city wasteland with the abandoned buildings of former plants now littering the landscape. According to a recent study, 71% of the residents in the East and South side communities of Chattanooga are obese. In a neighborhood with no safe place to play, the children get very little exercise. Grow Healthy Together Chattanooga is an initiative that encourages community action to improve conditions and help prevent childhood obesity. Rosemary Porter serves on the Leadership Advisory Council for her community. She is involved in working to make a difference and change Alton Park into a more safe and healthy community. Working with the Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department, the Grow Healthy Together Chattanooga Initiative is part of the national program, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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