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Walkable communities improve health

A&M study

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Want to be healthy? Like your neighbors? Drive less? A recent study from Texas A&M University suggests a “walkable” community means less driving, more physical activity and social interactions result when people live in a “pedestrian-oriented, activity-friendly development,” according to a story in the Houston Chronicle:

These types of communities, the study’s authors conclude, could be considered “preventative” health care.
The study found that 40 percent of the residents increased walking of biking after moving to the community, 65 percent noted an increase in physical activity and 48 percent reported improved health. MORE

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