And how much of a factor is our environmental health a factor in our health? Probably won’t find that out in this study—see below.
But, maybe if you consider all things being equal, meaning if you think that smoking, obesity rates, physical activity, are probably consistent around the state, you might be able to extrapolate all those indicators and assume that then the differences between areas might have something to do with other factors, like our environment. Meaning (again) how close do you live to air, water, or ground pollutants? Is this something valid that can be extrapolated from these figures? I don’t know. I’m just groping around for meaning in the studies that are being conducted for information that would be a whole lot more useful in determining our health.
My point? Why doesn’t the New York State Health Department do a study that factors out health issues that wouldn’t be indicators of how our environment is affecting our health and factor in those that might? Maybe, with such a study we might be able to determine just how our environment is affecting our health. One of the new health indicators in this study—asthma—actually may be a result of air quality. Got money? Got experts? Let’s do that study.
New Snapshots of Every County's Health Now Available "Expanded Data on Health Behaviors, Risk Factors, Other Conditions ALBANY, N.Y. (April 15, 2010) - Expanded snapshots of the health and health behaviors of adult New Yorkers, including data on rates of overweight and obesity, diabetes, physical activity and smoking, are now available for every county in New York State. The data was gathered through the State Department of Health's (DOH) Expanded Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and are available on the Department's Web site. " -from New York State Department of Health