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Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and Chronic Disease

The most recent U.S. Census reports that approximately 40% of the U.S. population belong to a racial or ethnic minority group. Many minority populations in the United States have long faced chronic disease health disparities due to socioeconomic inequities, barriers to education, systemic racism, insufficient access to health care including medical nutrition therapy and related services, as well as limited access to healthful and affordable foods and safe places to be active.

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