Where you live affects your health

A new study conducted by McMaster University has been published in the scientific journal Cities and Health. It demonstrates the link between where you live and your health. Access to healthy food is one of the factors.

The study examines environmental factors that lead to illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. The study collected 2,074 community audits taken between 2014-2016 across the ten provinces of Canada and found that where you live can profoundly impact your health behaviours, the health of yourself and community.

Key Findings:

• Environment affects health behaviours
• Several environmental factors that influence health are: access to public transportation, availability and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables, the prices of popular foods, the availability and prices of cigarettes and alcohol, lack of advertising of healthy foods in restaurants
• People living in rural environments tend to have poorer health that those in urban environments
• Food prices are higher in rural communities and there are less variety of healthy foods, and less availability of nutritional information

Read more about regional health in Canada here.

See how your postal code may be affecting your health here.