12 Apr '11, 1pm

Connecting neurons and neighborhoods: kids' health and urban planning

Connecting neurons and neighborhoods: kids' health and urban planning

Today's entry is a guest post from my NRDC colleague, Marissa Ramirez: I came to the environment through public health, having been a biologist and cancer researcher before studying urban planning and coming to NRDC. And, like many in the field, I thought of human health as the product of two separate components: our genetic makeup and our environment. But now I am starting to see that the two components aren’t as distinct as I once thought and, as a result, healthy neighborhoods may be even more important than we have realized. In particular, we know that health profiles of disadvantaged and impoverished neighborhoods are significantly worse than those in thriving communities. It is now well understood that environmental factors such as poor air quality and food deserts, for example, contribute to a familiar list of ailments, including asthma and obesity. But developing r...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/connecting_ne...

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