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Which Community Factors Affect Residents' Health, Behavior and Financial Success?

DECEMBER 11, 2012 - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT

Dallas, TX

Certain community characteristics affect the health, behavior and financial success of local residents. This forum will provide details on research conducted through the University of Texas at Dallas Neighborhood Change Research Initiative, which found a variety of trends pertaining to spatial proximity and behavior measures. Some of the main findings were: residents with a lower body mass index and better health have greater "risk aversion," residents' food choices have an impact on their neighbors' diets, proximity to grocery stores is critical to good health, individuals with checking accounts and those who use lower-cost financial services make better financial decisions, and finally, children's behavior is affected by neighborhood conditions as well as the behavior of other children in the neighborhood. Speakers include academics from the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M University, plus representatives from the mayor's office and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Learn more