Moving to a better neighborhood may lower obesity and diabetes risk

taken from article in USA Today:

A recent study reveals that low-income moms who move from very poor neighborhoods to less disadvantaged ones lower their risk of becoming extremely obese and developing type 2 diabetes.

It is “the first to use data from a randomized experiment to learn about the connection between neighborhoods and risk of obesity and diabetes.”

Researchers studied about 4,500 women with children who lived in public housing in high-poverty areas.  They were all part of a long-term housing study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  From 1994 to 1998, the families who volunteered to participate were randomly assigned to different groups. One group received rent-subsidy vouchers so they could move to a higher-income neighborhood — where about 10% of the residents were below the poverty level. Other women were assigned to the control group and didn’t get the rent subsidy.

Then, from 2008 to 2010, researchers did follow-up health assessments including blood testing for diabetes.

See the promising results from the study here:


About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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