Sidewalks, parks seen as help in obesity fight
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Sidewalks, parks and neighborhood stores could be part of the solution to the ever-expanding U.S. waistline, according to a new report.
Writing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers offer a top-10 list of ways to turn sedentary cities and suburbs into “activity-friendly” communities. The point, they say, is to fight obesity by encouraging people to get more incidental activity into their daily lives.
One of the main goals is to give people reasons to get out of their cars. This includes building more sidewalks and intermingling residential and commercial buildings so that more people will walk to the store or the movie theater instead of driving.