Carrot Health Insights

Carrot Health Insights is an email publication sharing intriguing connections between social, behavioral, environmental, economic, demographic, and other data sources with health outcomes. Select any of the Insights below to read more and subscribe to Carrot Health Insights to receive future Insights in your inbox.

Clap Your Hands: Leveraging Carrot Health’s Community Connectedness Index (Part I)

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your handsIf you’re happy and you know it, clap your handsIf you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show itIf you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands— Joe Raposo Do you remember what it was like to sing “If you’re happy…

Crowded House: The Surprising Benefits of Multigenerational Housing

“Our house is a very, very, very fine houseWith two cats in the yardLife used to be so hardNow everything is easy ’cause of you” — Crosby, Stills & Nash “I’m moving back in with my parents.” For some, that’s a scary thing to say or hear. For others, it’s a solution to life’s challenges.…

On the Road Again

It was only a year ago, in March 2020, that the spread of COVID-19 forced travel restrictions around the world. Few who were traveling during those confusing weeks will forget the commotion that resulted. As borders closed and airlines announced flight cancellations, airports filled with people struggling to get home, and the lineups at security…

The Health Impact of Very, Very Good Dogs

Many have stepped up over the past year to provide support and compassion during the pandemic – but some have stepped up with four legs, not two. Yes, we mean dogs. Very, very good dogs. It’s time those dogs got recognition (and treats) for their service. In particular, we’re grateful for the dogs adopted from…

Santa Claus vs. The Grinch: Comparing Social Health Risks this Holiday Season

During the holiday season, spikes in health-related illnesses and hospital admissions are all too common. Research attributes this to a variety of factors, including weather-related falls, holiday drinking and overeating, seasonal flu, avoidance of care, and emotional stress. How can we flag at-risk individuals to predict, and possibly prevent, health crises at this time of…