Data Science

The Healthiest Cities in the United States in 2017

Your environment affects your health. Breathing polluted air can lead to sickness and premature death. Your social environment matters too – some locations promote healthy living, providing ample green space for physical recreation and walkable neighborhoods for healthy everyday living. Further, recent research has shown that social health is contagious Read more…

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Obesity

What is Obesity? Weight that is higher than what is considered a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese. Obesity is typically defined as occurring those individuals with a BMI greater than or equal to 30, where BMI is defined as weight (in pounds) divided Read more…

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Fitness

Why does fitness matter? Regular physical activity can help reduce your risk of disease and improve your mood. According to the CDC, adults 18 years and older need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of aerobic activity, like a brisk walk, each weak and strength training on Read more…

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Smoking

Why does smoking matter? Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Smoking increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and chronic lung disease. Cigarettes contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic. Quitting smoking is beneficial to health at any age. Smoking Read more…

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Asthma

What is Asthma? Asthma is a respiratory condition in which a person’s airways are constantly inflamed. Asthma can occur at any age and is usually caused by an allergic reaction.Sometimes an asthmatic’s airways can become even further inflamed. This results in the airways narrowing and producing excess mucus, making it Read more…

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Carbon Monoxide

What is Carbon Monoxide Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas that can be toxic in higher concentrations. Where does Carbon Monoxide come from? Carbon Monoxide is produced by combustion, including motor vehicles, generators, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, small engines, furnaces, fires, etc. What are the health effects Read more…

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Sulfur Dioxide

What is Sulfur Dioxide? Sulfur Dioxide, or SO2, is a toxic colorless gas with a sharp, pungent smell, similar to the smell from a newly struck-match. SO2 emissions are generally associated with the emission of other Sulfur Oxides, which can react with molecules in the air to produce particulate matter Read more…

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Nitrogen Dioxide

What is Nitrogen Dioxide? Nitrogen Dioxide, or NO2, is a reddish-brown gas. In the environment, Nitrogen Dioxide can also react with oxygen, ammonia and moisture in the air to form particulate matter and ground-level ozone. Sometimes, Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Nitric Oxide (NO) are referred to as Nitric Oxides (NOx). Read more…

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Nitric Oxide

What is Nitric Oxide? Nitric Oxide, or NO, is a colorless gas. In the environment, nitric oxide reacts with oxygen, ammonia and moisture in the air to form Nitric Acid, a significant component of acid rain. Nitric Oxide also can react to form smog, particulate matter (PM) and ground level Read more…

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Ozone

What is Ozone? Ozone is a pale blue gas with a sharp, pungent smell (you can often smell it after a heavy thunderstorm). Ozone is made up of three oxygen atoms and has the chemical formula O3.This differs from the Oxygen that we breathe, which is (somewhat confusingly) made up Read more…

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