ETV program investigates health, neighborhood

July 18, 2013 

Jon King

PBS

Where a person lives can impact the food they eat, the air they breathe, even their expected lifespan.

ETV's new program “ZIP Code: Your Neighborhood, Your Health” looks into these economic and social conditions, and talks to doctors and neighborhood leaders about initiatives that are saving lives.

The show premieres July 18 at 8 p.m. on ETV, followed at 9 p.m. by “Our Nation’s Health,” a panel discussion on the topic moderated by CNN's John King.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's statistics, 20 percent of South Carolinians do not have access to healthy, affordable food. Poverty, where we live, education, access to health care, the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe play a huge role in everyday health.

“ZIP Code: Your Neighborhood, Your Health” talks to one young woman living with type 2 diabetese. The program investigates “food deserts,” places where buying healthy food is expensive and difficult. “ZIP Code” then visits East Baltimore for a look at efforts that are transforming the city's health and the agents of change behind these improvements.

In “Our Nation’s Health: A Focus on Social Determinants” moderator John King of CNN and a panel of experts explore ideas that can transform unhealthy ZIP codes.

Repeat broadcasts of both programs are scheduled on the South Carolina Channel, July 24 beginning at 8 p.m.

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