In this week’s column, factors that impact a person’s average life expectancy are examined. There are parts of the county where the average life expectancy is much lower than other areas. While much of the difference can be attributed to socioeconomic factors, lifestyle choices also play a big role. According to David Niesel and Norbert Herzog anyone can increase their lifespan by not smoking, exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, monitoring blood pressure and taking steps to prevent or control diabetes. This column was also published in the Corpus Christi Caller Times and The Galveston County Daily News.