09 June 2009

In Favor of Walkable Neighborhoods

A post on the NY Times Health blog This Old (Healthy) House talks about a study that attempts to look at the affect of where you live on BMI. From the post:
University of Utah researchers found that people who live in older, more walkable neighborhoods are at lower risk for overweight and obesity.
I found this paragraph especially pertinent to recent discussions on things like complete streets:
They found that neighborhoods built before 1950 tended to offer greater overall walkability because they had been designed for pedestrians. Newer neighborhoods often were designed primarily to facilitate car travel, the researchers noted.
Follow the links to the post and study for more details.

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