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Neighborhoods and health: How where you live impacts how you feel

Brandon Jacoby

Past research has indicated that where you live can affect your health. But what factors go into that, and how do you know just how bad or good your neighborhood is for you health?

Rick Sadler tackled those questions. He is an assistant professor of public health and an urban geographer for Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He was the lead author of a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

Sadler joined Stateside to lay out some of the neighborhood factors that impact health positively and negatively. They include, he said, “access to healthy foods, exposure to crime, exposure to industrial contamination, proximity to doctors offices, and parks.”

Listen above to hear how Sadler discuss the importance of considering various variables at once to understand neighborhood health impacts, and how this information can influence legislation.

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