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Many of West Virginia’s health issues stem from cultural norm

By WENDY HOLDREN

The Register-Herald

Dr. Lindsay Allen, a WVU assistant professor of health economics and health policy, explains the hidden costs of poor health Thursday at the 26th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference.
(Register-Herald photo by Wendy Holdren)

PIPESTEM, W.Va.  — A West Virginia University health economics professor is urging West Virginia to change its culture, to emphasize health, in order to reshape the state’s economy.

Dr. Lindsay Allen, a WVU assistant professor of health economics and health policy, said while many of the stereotypes about West Virginia are harmful, they’re oftentimes rooted in truth.

West Virginia ranks worst in the nation for obesity, diabetes, hypertension and smoking rates.

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