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Obesity is a persistent concern in Clinton County, New York. Over one-third of children and over two-thirds of adults in the county are classified as either overweight or obese. Obesity is associated with many adverse health outcomes, including all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and various cancers. Moreover, increased prevalence of obesity leads to increased healthcare costs for those affected, amounting to tens of billions of excess dollars spent annually. As a result of the pandemic, several fitness centers in the Plattsburgh area had closed for good, leaving many residents without access to fitness. Many of those residents had been drawn to these centers due to affordable access or public funding. Now, only a few centers have reopened, all of which may pose financial barriers for Plattsburgh residents to access them. Further, many residents are unaware that some facilities have reopened in the first place. This project aims to provide patients at the Plattsburgh Family Medicine clinic with information on accessing fitness in the era of the Covid-19 pandemic, either through home fitness programs or with operating fitness centers. Additionally, this project aims to inform patients of various incentives from health insurance providers to encourage physical activity in the community.

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Plattsburgh Family Medicine


obesity, fitness, physical activity, pandemic, Plattsburgh, Clinton County

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Medical Education | Primary Care

Addressing Pandemic-Related Barriers to Fitness