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. Listen to the broadcast here.

Alzheimer's Disease Awarenes Month - A Love Story with B. Smith and Dan Gasby Last month I sat down with B. Smith, model, restaurateur and lifestyle maven along with her husband and business partner Dan Gasby to discuss their New York Times bestselling book Before I Forget Love, Hope, Help and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's. The couple shares their focus on increasing awareness regarding the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Dan Gasby speaks about the need for our community to adopt preventive methods against a disease that disproportionately impacts our community. B. Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2013, and is using her celebrity to increase awareness of the fact that two thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women. For information on Alzheimer's disease click here. As part of This Local Take look at this issue, I reached out to Dr. Monica Parker from Emory University's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. She informs us that Alzheimer's disease is preventable and tied to a healthy cardiovascular systems. She explains that we must continue to be active throughout our lives, eat more fruits and vegetables, less meat and processed foods. While we all know this for our community we must be even more diligent. Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death for all Americans but the fourth leading cause of death for older African Americans. In fact African American seniors are two to three times more likely to have Alzheimer's disease compared with caucasians. Knowing this, it is imperative that we take the necessary steps towards prevention. Listen Listening...30:47 Kiplyn Primus talks about Alzheimer's Disease with B. Smith, Dan Gasby, and Dr. Monica Parker on The Local Take on WCLK 3/25/16. TAGS:

Public Notice - Full Board Meeting

Public Notice There will be a full board meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30pm – 7:30pm at 50 Hurt Plaza, SE Atlanta, GA 30303 Conference Room 840

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