A cluster of studies relies upon geographical data-mapping to analyze the impact of neighborhood on children’s health.
If you care about your kids eating healthy, getting enough exercise and avoiding obesity, pay close attention to where you live.
A special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine released Tuesday contains six studies that rely on geographic mapping data to show how location impacts health.
Two of the studies focused on neighborhood attributes to determine how different features — the availability of parks and quality supermarkets, for example — affect obesity. They found a significant effect: kids who could walk to schools and libraries and find healthy food at nearby supermarkets were 59% less likely to be obese than kids whose neighborhoods didn’t allow that.