California Beach Cities Reduce Obesity, Smoking Through Three-Year Public Health Initiative
Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach have partnered with local businesses, community groups and government organizations over the past three years on a "Blue Zone" initiative to improve public health. Since the program's launch in 2010, researchers have found a 14% drop in obesity in the three beach cities, which saved an estimated $2.35 million in health care costs, as well as a 30% drop in smoking rates, which saved an estimated $6.9 million in health care costs..
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