Improving Americans' health takes a community

December 1, 2010
Associated Press


The government's new 10-year blueprint to improve Americans' health aims to help whole communities get in better shape, not just the couch potatoes.

The issue: Social and environmental factors play a big role in preventing disease. Kids who live in city apartment buildings without safe yards or parks to play in tend to watch a lot of TV instead of exercising, for example.

And if the nearest grocery store requires a 30-minute bus ride, people eat more salty, fatty packaged food from the corner convenience store than fresh fruits and veggies.

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