08 Aug '12, 4am

Access to Public Transit Reduces Obesity

Access to Public Transit Reduces Obesity

Need another reason to ditch the car? A study published last year in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine showed that those living close to public transportation have a greater chance of reducing obesity. While we all know that staying physically fit and active is an important component of an overall enhanced quality of life and lifespan, this finding is particularly interesting in that it suggests that simply getting around your city using public transit could be sufficient exercise in itself. Researchers decided to focus on Charlotte, North Carolina’s relatively new light rail system. In order to avoid selection bias, researchers focused only on the Lynx rail system and narrowed their subject pool to only those living along the route both before and after light rail was constructed. By doing so, researchers were hoping to avoid classic bias situations, including...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/access-to-public-transit-redu...

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