A community health model that was developed in Palestine, Jordan, and Kenya has made its way to rural Kentucky, where neighbors are helping each other lose weight, exercise more often, and make better food choices. Early success of a program called Team Up 4 Health suggests that the strategy of “contagious health” has the potential to spread wellness to diverse communities around the globe.

Team Up 4 Health partners include Humana, a health care and insurance company founded in Kentucky...

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