By Barbara Raab, Senior Producer, NBC News
Last week, we reported on the biggest report in 15 years on the state of America’s health, showing that, although Americans are living longer, and the spending on health care in this country is lavish, the health of the U.S. population has improved only gradually -- and has fallen behind the pace of progress in many other wealthy nations.
Moreover, the study seemed to suggest a link between health and wealth. It found that people who live in a rich area like San Francisco, Colorado, or the suburbs of Washington, D.C. are likely to be as healthy as their counterparts in Switzerland or Japan, but those who live in Appalachia or the rural South are likely to be as unhealthy as people in Algeria or Bangladesh – a phenomenon Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s Chief Medical Editor, terms “almost death by zip code.”
Join Dr. Snyderman and the lead researcher on the study, Dr. Christopher Murray, at noon ET Wednesday for a Google+ Hangout to discuss the study findings about where Americans live, how healthy they are, and the possible connections and conclusions that can be drawn from the data. We’ll also hear from Dr. Oran Hesterman, president and chief executive officer of Fair Food Network, a non-profit organization based in Michigan, and a national leader in the food justice movement.
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First published July 15 2013, 11:24 AM