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How much would our health benefit from leaving the car at home?

From the 27 June 2012 article at EurekAlert

 IMAGE: The World Health Organization states that it is necessary to do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week.

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A new study confirms that doing short journeys on foot rather than taking the car or motorbike would avoid the death of 108 men and 79 women a year in Catalonia alone. This would imply annual savings of more than 200 million euros.

Researchers from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB), headed by Catherine Pérez from the Healthcare Information Systems Service, have estimated the yearly economic benefits from a reduction in death rates by substituting at least one short vehicle journey for a walk….

June 28, 2012 Posted by | Public Health | , | Leave a comment

What’s your walk score? (How walkable is your neighborhood)

So, how’s your neighborhood doing? Mine has a rating of about 46, much higher than I expected. A strip mall is close, but I don’t really consider it a destination….

February 18, 2012 Posted by | Consumer Health | , | Leave a comment

New Data Show Bicycling and Walking Up by 25 Percent

The U.S. Department of Transportation today released new data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2009 National Household Travel Survey which shows that both bicycling and walking trips have increased by 25 percent since 2001. The FHWA funded Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center included this data in The National Bicycling and Walking Study: A 15-Year Status Report. The report details trends and changes in bicycling and walking since 1994.

Full report here.

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Health News Items | , | Leave a comment


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