Delta Regional Authority Starts Health Drive

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Delta Regional Authority is starting a campaign to diagnose and treat diabetes among residents in the Mississippi Delta.

The agency says it will spend $1 million over the next year to help residents get screened for the disease.

The authority will use television ads and a toll-free hotline operated out of Little Rock to get the public health message across.

Members of the authority say improving health in the Delta is an economic issue.

Co-chairman Pete Johnson says Delta residents who are not healthy can't go to work.  He says healthy workers can help businesses thrive, and they can support their families.

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