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The State of San Diego’s Health

By SDSU Journalism and Media Studies 550 Students

From environmentalists to legislators, everyone seems to be talking about health these days.

Global warming anxiety is rising as the temperature of the earth does the same.

Cancer and H1N1 rates are still high, as scientists race to find a cure or to make more vaccines available. It seems understanding the health crisis in the U.S. is a multi-faceted problem that touches the lives of men and women in every state and every industry — down every main street.

The question, then, must begin at home — in California, down San Diego’s streets. The
county says it is “going green,” and that flu medicines are becoming more available. County officials tout infrastructure improvements and employment opportunities.

But is the city really healthier today than it was yesterday? Are local residents recycling? Are they eating better and using mass transit or cleaner forms of energy? Are the at-risk populations being given the resources to participate in the community? Students in San Diego State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies set out to answer some of these questions.

With the health of the nation today wavering beneath pressures from global conflict, slow reform and a difficult economic recession, we wondered whether our city is fairing any better than the country at large.

The answers we found may surprise you. From older Navy veterans to young marathon runners, employees at the landfill and immigrants planting organic farm fields, the health of San Diego is a major concern. As these stories demonstrate, many San Diegans are working – behind the scenes and in front of them, to improve the quality of life for themselves and their neighbors.

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