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UW-Madison's Larson featured as expert in WalletHub report examining health, policy and weight

November 10, 2017

UW-Madison's Elizabeth Larson was featured in a WalletHub report as an expert answering questions about policy, weight and health. 

Larson is an associate professor with the Department of Kinesiology’s Occupational Therapy program.

In Larson's interview, she offers several recommendations for people trying to become healthier, such as going to local farmers' markets if possible and, for students, going to a food shed on campus that offers free leftover produce from local and campus gardens. Larson emphasizes the need to eliminate food deserts, which are places in which grocery stores and fresh produce are not easily accessible or affordable. 

If the government wants to implement policies to address obesity, funding prevention methods are vital, Larson said. These efforts could be interventions in primary care, or involving experts on lifestyle changes to work with people that need additional tools and support. 

Read the full article: "2017's Fattest States in America."

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