New Study Acknowledges Link Between Health and Livable Neighborhoods



Published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, What Your Neighborhood Says about Your Health acknowledges the link between health and livable neighborhoods. Researchers utilizing a GIS find that increased accessibility to food outlets and opportunities to be more physically active have greater impacts on a community’s health, and promotes livability.

People with lower income tend to opt for inexpensive foods offered by vendors at a low cost: such foods are high in fats and increase the chance of obesity. Coincidentally, an effort to establish supermarkets offering quality food services is a  challenge to local governments because  of lack of consumer demand. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that 25 million people are living in these so-called food deserts, without access to quality food provisions. In response to this, communities are establishing farmers markets, offering fresh products at a reduced cost, and promoting walkable communities by implementing smart growth plans reflective of the relationship between livable neighborhoods and quality of life.

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