What Impacts Health More: Genetic Code Or Zip Code?

posted by Marilyn Hyder - 

Does your zip code matter more than your genetic code when it comes to health?
Two experts explain where you live does impact your health starting when you're young.
And the disparities are clear between white Americans and African Americans.

Poverty, congestion, pollution, poor food choices and lack of parks contribute to neighborhoods of lower life expectancy.

DrAnthony Iton, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., is senior vice president for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. 

He and Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco explain the disparities in health and neighborhood in a presentation sponsored by the USC Center for Health Journalism.

Listen to our six minute explanation below.

Photo Credit: USC Center for Health Journalism.

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