How Can Where You Live Affect Your Health?

Dr. Rodgers and Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable talk about how a person’s environment can affect their health.

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DR. RODGERS: Where you live can have a big impact on your health.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

My colleague, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities explains:

DR. PÉREZ-STABLE: When you think about staying healthy, you might think about habits such as healthy eating and physical activity. Those habits are important. So are your surroundings.

Living in neighborhoods with limited access to healthy foods, safe walking spaces, green space, and safe housing can affect a person’s ability to stay healthy. These are just a few factors that affect individual health and the health of the community.

Addressing disparities in health and health care is important to improve the health of all Americans. Here at the NIH, we are working to make communities healthier.

DR. RODGERS: To learn more, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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