By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Inside a California Museum exhibit, kids and their parents can learn how long they should expect to live based on where they’re growing up.

So the game lets 2-and-a-half-year-old Jolissa and her mom plug in ZIP code 95833 to determine what Jolissa’s life expectancy will be. Sacramento. Eighty years old.

Of course, she can’t even count that high yet but mom wants more for her daughter.

“I was kind of hoping for a bigger number. I mean nobody really wants to think about that,” Melissa Robinson said.

“I’m inspired because I know that we can change it,” father Adrian Robinson said. “I mean, it’s kind of hard to change it, but we can still change it though.”

The data is based on Census figures compiled by a group called Measure By America. Even taking into account urban sprawl, public education and civic participation, life expectancy is typically higher in ZIP codes with safe neighborhoods and healthy eating options.

“Sidewalks where you can walk, parks where you can play, grocery stores where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Jeff Okey with The California Endowment.

Little kids are already learning when there number could be up.

“I think it just makes you more aware of the resources in your community, and it also motivates you to be an activist in your own community,” Melissa said.

Your ZIP code is meant to help deliver your mail. Now it’s delivering a message about lifestyle and longevity.


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