Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy


| 12/23/2016 9:47:00 AM


Tags: healthy communities, sustainable communities, cycling, walking, environmental policy, environmental health, family health, Jay Walljaspser, Minnesota,

 

Union Square Market in New York City, NY.  Photo by Project for Public Spaces

One number stands above all others as the best indicator of good health. It’s not your blood pressure, cholesterol level, average daily calories or even the age at which your grandparents die.  It’s your zip code.

This fact has sent shockwaves across the county. The chief aspiration of American democracy is that everyone deserves an equal opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet medical evidence shows that people living in disadvantaged neighborhoods face greater health and mortality risks.




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