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Living Better: What it takes to get healthy in America

The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the ongoing tragedy of preventable chronic diseases claiming lives daily in the U.S., despite advances in healthcare. Disparities in life expectancy, influenced by social determinants such as poverty and racism, persist within ZIP codes. NPR's series, "Living Better: How Americans Can Take Back Their Health," explores solutions to improve health outcomes, including community-based programs and addressing social determinants of health. Strategies also involve leveraging social networks and understanding human behavior to promote healthier habits and positive change. Click here for article.


  • Despite healthcare advancements, preventable chronic diseases claim thousands of lives daily in the U.S., with disparities evident within ZIP codes.

  • NPR's series, "Living Better," highlights solutions to improve health outcomes, including community-based programs and addressing social determinants of health.

  • Strategies involve promoting healthier diets, increasing physical activity, and providing medically tailored meals to address chronic diseases.

  • Leveraging social networks and understanding human behavior can facilitate positive health habits and foster change in individuals and communities.


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