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Your zip code may factor into your health

CDC: Zip Code More Important To Health Than Genetic Code

New findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show your zip code could be a critical factor for your health and longevity - even more important than your genetic code.

Researchers looked at the country's leading causes of death - heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and accidents - which, according to the CDC, account for about 900,000 premature deaths every year.

They then compared the numbers of the healthiest states, Vermont, Colorado and Utah, to the other 47 states. And the results showed the most unhealthy region is the Southeast, also known as the stroke belt.

"There is a higher rate of stroke there, probably because of factors like higher rates of obesity, lack of exercise. ... What is the access to medical in these different states? ... What are the prevention and public health strategies in place?"

According to the CDC director: "That's a reflection of the huge impact that healthier policies can have. ... Even if each community identifies just one issue, we can make a big difference in preventable deaths."

"Healthier states were more likely to have things like strict tobacco control policies and communities that encourage exercise by building sidewalks and making school playgrounds open to the public."

Researchers found more than 100,000 deaths per year could be prevented if the more unhealthy states adopted healthier habits and regulations.

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randihpnc246 May 03 2014 at 2:14 PM

I live in NC. We love our fried chicken. The best entertainment is to go to buffet places and watch some of the fattest people stuff themselves.

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toms23456 randihpnc246 May 03 2014 at 2:27 PM

I hope you are being facetious.What you call entertainment makes my sick

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yamel86 randihpnc246 May 03 2014 at 2:33 PM

I live in Va. and have done some good eating in N.C. Especially seafood on the Outer Banks.

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cact25 May 03 2014 at 9:00 PM

A few less redneck teabaggers.

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ravenwood420 May 03 2014 at 1:45 PM

"And the results showed the most unhealthy region is the Southeast, also known as the stroke belt."

A lot of old people retire to Florida. Probably how it got the stroke belt name. Nothing unhealthy about the S. West region unless you consider being "old" to be a disease.

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ravenwood420 ravenwood420 May 03 2014 at 1:45 PM

south east *

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jim joanne bryan ravenwood420 May 03 2014 at 2:19 PM


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Hello Mz DeAnna May 03 2014 at 1:43 PM

It is quite obvious to me that the state of Florida has more senior citizens (over 65) than any other state. I note most all of your commentary refers to the death rate from some of the worst maladies (which you have mentioned). You FAIL to note that MOST of Florida's population, i.e., it's older population, are TRANSPLANTS from other states, i.e., the states with the worst health problems! GET A GRIP!!!!!!!!!!!

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Marie!!! Hello Mz DeAnna May 03 2014 at 1:51 PM

You are so right! I moved to FL 16 yrs. ago, when my Dr. in NJ recommended I get away from the air pollution and the "sick" bldg. in which I worked. I had been on 3 inhalers and 2 pills for years and every breath felt as if my lungs were on fire.. I live on the central east coast and have not been sick since! No meds. If I start to feel congested, a spray or 2 of saline clears me right up. The sprays expire before I can use them up!

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jim joanne bryan Marie!!! May 03 2014 at 2:22 PM


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Ellen Hello Mz DeAnna May 03 2014 at 2:35 PM

Florida is not considered the deep south. Also, those "transplants" tend to continue the same lifestyles, eating habits, etc. as they did when they lived further north. People who are life long residents of the deep south tend to favor fried foods, are less educated, are more likely to use tobacco, and regard health initiatives as "liberal scams"..

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BettyKC May 03 2014 at 1:40 PM

This is a new low in non-news.

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Mike May 03 2014 at 1:37 PM

thanks for reading the copy word for word...I might have not understood it otherwise.

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potmind May 03 2014 at 9:29 PM

I doubt very much that building sidewalks and opening school playgrounds to the public will get the lardasses off their recliners.

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gjv2002 May 03 2014 at 9:34 PM

Oh i know why,,,,the people in the SE are just plain LAZY....
They sit around and watch nascar all damn day and drink that cheap ass Busch beer and smoke generic cigerattes. And after the race, what do they do/ Go sit somemore on the trailer front porch and talk about nothing that means nothing. For crying out loud, its not the health care, or drugs . Its there up bringing and lack of leadership and motivation to do anything else thats good for them...try a 20-30 min walk a day...does wonders

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ghgreen May 03 2014 at 9:43 PM

Did anybody consider the simple fact that older people migrate SOUTH after retiring from northern climes? Older people tend to die at a higher rate than younger ones.

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penstate79 ghgreen May 03 2014 at 10:24 PM

Stop making sense!!! I think we all wanna be numskulls who just believe this crap they write!

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James M. Adams May 03 2014 at 1:46 PM

Now that Barry has put 47 million on food stamps, maybe he and Aunt Esther could draft some legislation limiting EBT purchases to low calorie options only.

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o James M. Adams May 03 2014 at 1:50 PM

The most unhealthy states are all the old 'deep south', all republican controlled and all have republican gov. who refused the medicaid expansion.

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mitymite2 o May 03 2014 at 1:54 PM


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James M. Adams o May 03 2014 at 2:06 PM

If Medicaid parasites die off, it's a win/win. They Are out of their misery, and the taxpayers have fewer hogs to feed.

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mitymite2 James M. Adams May 03 2014 at 1:55 PM

so you can't go for a jog in those states? This report is vague. What is the real causes, there are many factors.

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Ron mitymite2 May 03 2014 at 2:54 PM

Me thinks you missed it. It was about the states who ENCOURAGED healthy activities. There is NOT ONE FACTOR alone that causes it or ones you can actually pinpoint.

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