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Topic: physical activity
Do residents of green places live longer?

Do residents of green places live longer?

It's arguable whether greener residential areas reduce mortality but there are plenty of other good reasons to promote planting more trees, especially along streets

Does sprawl make teenagers lazy?

Does sprawl make teenagers lazy?

We’re used to seeing lots of claims that suburban sprawl is a key cause of the obesity epidemic afflicting the nation’s children and youth. Here’s a new study that contradicts the received wisdom. While it would be premature to regard it as definitive, it suggests the relationship between sprawl and physical activity might be more […]

Can urban designers limit diabetes?

Can urban designers limit diabetes?

I’ve argued before (e.g. here and here) that designing physical environments to encourage or force higher activity levels is neither an effective nor an efficient way to tackle serious health issues like obesity and diabetes. Here’s a surprising ripple in this debate. The EarlyBirds project in the UK has been monitoring insulin resistance in a randomly selected […]