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Born to walk

TVO / The Agenda in the Summer / 22 July 2016

Mundane mode of transportation or mind-expanding journey, walking is one of humanity’s simplest accomplishments. From walking with police on the beat in Philadelphia, to hiking with war veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, Ottawa-based editor and writer Dan Rubinstein explores the transformative properties involved in travelling by foot. The Agenda in the Summer welcomes Rubinstein to take a stroll through the health and societal benefits of walking in his book, “Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act.”

The call for healthier school travel

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 27 February 2016

Much research has been done for the health and learning benefits of walking or cycling to school. It’s also shown that a significant “rush hour” traffic load is comprised of people driving kids to school, most often very short distances. Yet recently published research delves into the question of how harmful vehicle emissions are for young minds.

The study “found that this improvement [cognitive development] followed different trajectories depending on whether a school was located in an area with high or low levels of traffic-related pollutants such as elemental carbon, nitrogen dioxide, and ultrafine particle matter.”

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Doctors prescribe walking as a boost to your health

Mother Earth News / Jay Walljasper / 15 January 2016

walkable useEveryone knows walking is good for you. It’s plain common sense, backed by a wealth of recent medical research. In fact, a major new study found that lack of physical activity is twice as deadly for us as obesity.

Health data shows that as little as 30 minutes of walking a day cuts the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease in half, lowers the likelihood of diabetes by 60 percent, limits colon cancer by 31 percent for women and reduces risk of dementia, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis, glaucoma and catching a cold.

This kind of evidence prompted U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to issue a call for Americans to walk more. “Physical activity – such as brisk walking – can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes,” Murthy explains. “Even a small first effort can make a big difference in improving the personal health of an individual and the public health of the nation.”

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Regular brisk walking is best exercise for keeping weight down

LSE / 03 November 2015

walkingPeople are more likely to have a lower weight if they regularly engage in high impact walking compared to doing another vigorous activity like going to the gym, according to new LSE research. The results are particularly pronounced in women, people over 50, and those on low incomes.

Dr Grace Lordan, a specialist in health economics who led the research, examined reported physical activity levels from the annual Health Survey for England (HSE) from 1999 to 2012. In particular, she focused on activities which increased heart rate and caused perspiring. Individuals reported on the number of periods they engaged in 30 minutes or more of:

  • Walking at a fast or brisk pace.
  • Moderate-intensity sports or exercise, such as swimming, cycling, working out at the gym, dancing, running, football/rugby, badminton/tennis, squash, and exercises including press-ups and sit-ups.
  • Heavy housework, such as moving heavy furniture, walking with heavy shopping, scrubbing floors.
  • Heavy manual activities, such as digging, felling trees, chopping wood and moving heavy loads.

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The Walking Revolution

Every Body Walk!

After 75 years of planning that produces a sedentary lifestyle, a radical redesign of our cities and open space has begun. Parks and paths are making a comeback to create truly walkable communities through partnerships between local residents, businesses, developers, municipalities, urban planners and health care providers.

The health benefits of walking are numerous. A regular walking routine of 30-minutes a day, five days a week can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, depression and some cancers. Take 30 minutes to watch the film then, take a 30 minute walk. It will be the best hour of the day.

Five ways to make your family’s commute more fun

Evergreen / Jacqueline Waters / 11 September 2015

activetrasnporation_walkingtoschool_blogBack to school doesn’t have to mean back to car rides. Start your day with a fun active commute to school. Does your child like to walk, bike, scooter? The natural choice for kids is to pick an active mode of transportation over yet another car ride. You will love it too after experiencing the fun an active commute brings to your morning and afternoon. Here are five ideas to make active transportation a part of your every day.

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