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The Local Take: How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick


This week on The Local Take I speak with Breanna Lathrop co-author of How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick. Ms. Lathrop is the COO at Good Samaritan Health Center. 

She explains that illness starts the moment we are born. She speaks about stress and the social determinants of health. Breanna provides us with a definition for social determinants that includes politics. She explains that neighborhoods with high violence create stress. Neighborhoods without access to sidewalks and parks limit opportunities to exercise. Neighborhoods without access to fresh fruits and vegetables compound chronic health conditions. 

Breanna Lathrop speaks to using resources for early education, and that we should begin to build healthy neighborhoods that allow community members to live in great environments. She also speaks about citizens in one zip code living 10 - 15 years longer than citizens sometimes in adjacent zip codes. 

How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick will have a book release party on Friday, January 11th at the Little Shop of Stories at 133 E. Court Square, #A Decatur, GA 30030. 

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