Just a few metro stops can mean the difference between an extra five to ten years added to your lifespan. Using new city maps, the Commission to Build a Healthier America, which reconvened recently after a four year hiatus, is illustrating the dramatic disparity between the life expectancies of communities mere miles away from each other. Where we live, learn, work and play can have a greater impact on our health than we realize.
For too many people, making healthy choices can be difficult because the barriers in their communities are too high €”poor access to affordable healthy foods and limited opportunities for exercise, for example. The focus for the Commission €™s 2013 deliberations will be on how to increase opportunities for low-income populations to make healthier choices.