April 3, 2011

Yet more data: Walkable neighborhoods improve health

Australia's Institute of Health is the latest organization to discover that living in a walkable neighborhoods decrease the likelihood that you'll be obese.

Imagine that: If you get out and walk places instead of spending more time sitting in a car, it helps burn calories and improve your health. Who would have guessed?

From the latest study, courtesy of the Herald Sun:

Australians living in more populated neighbourhoods with well-connected streets and shops within easy walking distance were more likely to be active and less likely to be obese, the report found. The proximity of recreation facilities, parks and open spaces, good footpaths, pedestrian crossings, less - and slower - traffic, and feelings of safety and security were also important factors associated with lower obesity.

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