HEALTH EQUITY: Location. Location. Location. Is your zip code hazardous to your health?

Zip codes matter. It may be no fault of your own, but where you live has a lot to do with your health. People who live in one zip code can have a poorer quality of life than people in the zip code right next door! Find out how your neighborhood could be affecting the health of you and your family.

Do you live near a highway? Next to a power station? In a city? Or in a suburb close to supermarkets or farmers markets with fresh fruits and veggies? These may seem like insignificant questions, but how you answer them can shine a light on how healthy you are.

Let’s check out what it means if you answer yes or no to these:

Do you live near a highway or next to a power station?

Yes: negative health effect- poorer air quality which can affect the health of your heart and lungs

No: positive health effect- better air quality which can improve the health of your heart and lungs.

Do you live in a suburb close to supermarkets or farmers markets?

Yes: positive health effect- you have healthier options when it comes to eating because you can access fresh fruits and vegetables. You may also live closer to parks so you’re getting out more frequently for walks or bike rides.

No: negative health effect- you have less healthier options when it comes to eating because grocery stores might be farther away. It may also be harder to find access to parks where you can get out and exercise.

Who knew that 5 numbers could have such an impact on your health? There are circumstances that may not allow us to control where we live. Regardless, it is still important to be aware of the effects of your surroundings. Check out the big picture of health risk by browsing the DE Health Map. Then find out what you can do to help promote health equity HERE!