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Running head: ADULT OBESITY IN TARRANT COUNTY, TEXAS 1 Western Governor’s University Community and Population Focused Nursing “Adult Obesity in Tarrant County, Texas”
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ADULT OBESITY IN TARRANT COUNTY, TEXAS 2 Tarrant County, Texas Tarrant County, founded in 1849, was named after Edward H. Tarrant, who drove the Native Americans from this area in hopes of preparing land for new settlers. Today, Tarrant County has a total area of 897 square miles: 863 square miles of land, 34 square miles of water. Its neighboring counties are Denton County (north), Dallas County (east), Johnson County (south), and Parker County (west). There are 30 cities within Tarrant County, and four towns. Fort Worth is the county seat. ("Tarrant County history”) According to the 2014 census, Tarrant County’s population is 1,945,360 with a population density of 2142 people per square mile (very high ("State and county”) and is the 3rd most populated county in the state of Texas (out of 254 counties) Fort Worth has the highest population of people in this county, with 803,674, followed by Arlington, with 383,204. Tarrant County lies in the “DFW Metroplex”; an economic and cultural hub of the region known as “ North Texas ”. It is considered the largest land-locked metropolitan area in the United States. ("Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex,”) Tarrant County is known for hot summer months, with mild winters. It gets 34 inches of rain per year, three inches less than average US cities, with an average of only 2 inches of snow. Tarrant County residents see approximately 232 sunny days
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ADULT OBESITY IN TARRANT COUNTY, TEXAS 3 per year, but the high humidity during the summer months, can make outdoor activities uncomfortable. ("Climate Tarrant County”) Tarrant County sits in the southeast corner of “tornado alley, but has low risk for tornadic activity. In 2000, a tornado hit downtown Fort Worth, Texas, killing 2 people with multiple injuries. ("2000 Fort Worth tornado”) Tarrant County has a wide range of economy, with areas of extreme wealth, and areas of extreme poverty. Opportunity for the residents of wealthy neighborhoods differs greatly from those who live in the areas where poverty prevails. Community Tarrant County is home to many tourist attractions, such as Six Flags over Texas, AT&T Stadium, (Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium) Texas Ranger baseball stadium in Arlington, Texas, Fort Worth Stockyards, and the Fort Worth Zoo. The arts district is home to the Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art , and many more. Casa Mañana , and the Bass Performance Hall, entertains people with nationally known musicals and plays. Tarrant County is home to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the largest seminaries in the world. DFW International Airport resides in both Tarrant County and Dallas County.
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ADULT OBESITY IN TARRANT COUNTY, TEXAS 4 Tarrant County has many colleges and universities, including Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Wesleyan University, and Tarrant County Community College.
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