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West Virginia occupies a top slot on almost every awful health ranking: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and others.

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Every year, for 12 years, Lincoln County school nurse Pam Dice sat down and telephoned parents of kids who had what she calls "dangerous numbers."

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West Virginia is among the top five states on just about every national chronic disease list. Journalist Kate Long investigates what's behind the state's poor showing.

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Journalist Kate Long examines the pressing problem of obesity and its link to other chronic diseases in West Virginia.

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A year ago, knowing her family history of diabetes, a retired teacher got a blood test at a health fair. Nine months later, thanks to a new exercise regimen, she's off most of her blood pressure medication.

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In West Virginia, some grocery stores are removing the junk food displays near checkout lines and replacing them with fresh and dried fruit, granola bars and other healthy snacks. But will that encourage shoppers to make healthier food choices?

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A formerly sickly child, West Virginia's top health official finds himself in the position to affect the health of more than 400,000 West Virginians enrolled in Medicaid, DHHR's biggest program.

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Journalist Kate Long's home state faces staggering health problems, prompting her project to explore West Virginia’s rising tide of chronic disease and obesity and the considerable efforts by its residents to reverse it.

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The National Health Journalism Fellowships offer journalists from around the country an opportunity to explore the intersection between community health, health policy and the nation's.

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