Associate Director Monica Peek discusses how environmental factors can significantly impact patients’ health outcomes

Associate Director Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc was quoted in an NBC Chicago article concerning community health in Chicago.

According to medical experts, residents who live in areas without easily accessible fruits and vegetables tend to buy calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods. Those high-salt and starchy foods can lead to obesity and high blood pressure.

“It’s not enough to just tell a patient to go eat healthy and exercise if the neighborhoods are not safe or they’re in a food desert,” said Dr. Peek.

Read the full article here.

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