South Carolina ETV


Is Your ZIP Code Affecting Your Health?

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2013

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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 8:00 p.m. on ETV, followed at 9:00 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, in South Carolina 20% of the population (1 million people) do not have access to healthy, affordable food. Poverty, where we live, education, access to healthcare, 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 diabetes and the affect that's had on her life.  The program investigates "food deserts," places where buying healthy food is expensive and difficult, in North Charleston, S.C. and East Baltimore, M.D.   "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.

"Our Nation’s Health: A Focus on Social Determinants" panelists include:  Milton Bluehouse Jr., Esq., of Tribal Consultation Resources, LLC, in Albuquerque, NM; Kathy Ko Chin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum in San Francisco, CA; Gail Christopher, DN, Vice President for Program Strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI; Thomas Ellison, MD, Ph.D., co-founder of Health Education Linkage Programs, Inc. (PROJECT H.E.L.P USA) in Birmingham, AL; Lisa Garcia, Esq., Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Britt Rios-Ellis, Ph.D., professor at California State University Long Beach and director of the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training; and Steven Wartman, MD, Ph.D., President of the Association of Academic Health Centers in Washington, DC.

Repeat broadcasts of both programs are scheduled on the South Carolina Channel, July 24 beginning at 8:00 p.m.  

Funding for "ZIP Code: Your Neighborhood, Your Health” was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Southeastern VIEW, a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Medical University of South Carolina, and South Carolina State University.

South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.

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Is Your ZIP Code Affecting Your Health?
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