Whether your community, including its parks and open spaces, is safe can affect how much you exercise.
Within the 12 Wellness Trail Neighborhoods, South Dorchester has the third highest rate of non-fatal assault-related gunshot and stabbing victims.
Closeness to Highways
Your proximity to highways affects your risk for asthma and cardiovascular disease.
“Busy” roadways have over 18,000 cars on an average week day. South Dorchester is close to 93 and 3; and it has heavy traffic on Morrissey Blvd. (26,000 cars per average week day) and Gallivan Blvd. (23,000 cars per average week day).
Eating healthy reduces your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but it can depend on your ability to find healthy food stores in your neighborhood.
In South Dorchester there are many places where you can buy healthy food: grocery stores, farmers markets, and 25 community gardens.