May 15, 2017

The Health Impact of Living Segregated.



A new study that included Alabama residents finds leaving a segregated community and moving to one with a more mixed population is good for your blood pressure. Maybe.

"....the results support previous research suggesting that neighborhoods can have a big influence on health, said David Chae, director of the Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research at Auburn University in Alabama.
“We have known for a very long time that some neighborhoods are ‘unhealthy,’ characterized by deficiencies, for example, in quality health care, parks, recreational facilities and supermarkets,” Chae, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Blacks are more likely to live in areas with fewer opportunities to engage in healthy behaviors and greater barriers to optimal health.”

Reuters has the story HERE.

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