One Blog | Bechara Choucair, M.D.

December 30, 2014 8:59 PM

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In the U.S., we tend to believe our health is largely a result of our genes and our personal choices. But, as research shows, health is most influenced by our environment. You could say our ZIP code has more to do with our health than our genetic code. Though I will soon step down as commissioner of public health, it is this reality that first led me to this job -- if we can improve the health of a neighborhood, we can improve the health of our residents.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel understands this. When he first took office, he directed the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to create a comprehensive public health agenda for the entire City. That plan, Healthy Chicago, provides 200 strategies to build healthier neighborhoods, which will in turn prov...

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