How Healthy Is Your City?
A new website—part of the 500 Cities Project—includes an interactive map showing how the largest cities in the United States compare when it comes to 27 different medical conditions, health behaviors, and preventive measures.
Information about binge-drinking rates, physical activity levels, sleep habits, and smoking rates, as well conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and others are included in the data. The website is geared primarily toward public health officials, health and wellness policy makers, and researchers to monitor health information in a specific area and develop targeted interventions—stop smoking campaigns, for example—when necessary.
The project is a corroborative effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—the CDC—and a philanthropic organization that strives to improve health for people in the U.S., called the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The information comes from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which collects health information from all 50 states and the U.S. Census.
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