Living environment, the most important influence on health
Environment influences the health outcome of a family said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India. The noise levels of the area one lives determine the blood pressure and the anxiety levels. People living near the main roads or the airport have higher blood pressures.
The air pollution levels decide the age of the lungs. The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green Economy. We can think of a green economy as an economic environment that achieves low carbon emissions.
The company of the people one lives with has been described as the most important factor in Vedic literature. The so–called ‘satsang’ decides one’s behavior and culture.
As per a study at the Ohio State University published in Urban Studies looking at the data on 8,782 people in 373 Chicago neighborhoods, the neighborhood had a major influence on how much exercise one does. The researchers found that people who live in neighborhoods with higher levels of poverty lower levels of education, and more families headed by women were less likely than others to exercise. Neighborhood–related factors that influenced exercise levels included: amount of trust among neighbors, perceived violence in the community and beliefs that neighbors help each other.
The study also found that neighborhood was more important for women than men in determining exercise levels. Neighborhood characteristics were more important than a person’s income in determining exercise levels.