Neighborhood Influences on Health

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RAND Health examines whether neighborhood characteristics are associated with health conditions or concerns, such as asthma, obesity, physical inactivity, and health disparities. For example, researchers have studied neighborhood access to food, alcohol, and recreation areas, and identified opportunities to promote healthier lifestyles.

From the RAND Blog

  • Location, Location, Location: Does the Food Desert Narrative Hold Up?

    Oct 28, 2014

    There's little rigorous evidence to support the notion that 'food deserts' are driving the U.S. obesity epidemic but this narrative has nearly become conventional wisdom. In response, stakeholders have poured hundreds of millions into bringing supermarkets to these neighborhoods.

  • Women's Heart Disease Awareness

    Feb 5, 2014

    Friday is National Wear Red Day, when people are asked to wear red to raise awareness about the health risks women face from heart disease. Too little attention is devoted to preventing heart disease in women and improving the quality and outcomes of their care.

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Last updated: August 2013