NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Most adults in New Jersey are happy withthe neighborhood they live in and satisfied with their access to healthy food; places to walk and exercise; and community services, including parks, playgrounds, and libraries. But not everyone feels that way – and perspectives differ across race and
The New Jersey Health and Well-Being Poll found significant differences in the way people perceive the resources in their communities that can influence their health. Overall, 81 percent of respondents rated their neighborhood as a good or excellent place to live. But the picture is more nuanced when broken down further. By income, that rating becomes 91 percent for people with high income, 78 percent for middle income, and just 57 percent for those with low income. And black and Hispanic respondents were much less likely to rate their neighborhoods good or excellent – at 61 percent and 62 percent, respectively – than white (88 percent) and Asian (91 percent) respondents.
The findings are meant to provide information for policymakers, nonprofits and advocacy organizations to consider how people's prospects for good health are limited, and what might be done to provide more opportunity for health improvement.
"We looked at how someone's housing, accessibility to parks and healthy food options come together to influence how easy it is for people to live healthier lives,'' said Joel Cantor, the Center for State Health Policy's director. "In some neighborhoods, it appears to be a lot more difficult than in others.''
More key findings include:
The poll was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, whose vision for a Culture of Health focuses on community systems to improve well being.
You can view full poll results here (http://www.cshp.rutgers.edu/Downloads/11200.pdf).
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SOURCE Rutgers University
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