05 Feb '18, 4pm

Reduce blood pressure and hypertension with walkable cities

Reduce blood pressure and hypertension with walkable cities

The evidence keeps piling up: we have an obesity and health crisis, and urban design is part of the cure. Elle Hunt of the Guardian covers a new study finding that walkable cities reduce blood pressure and hypertension risk. The largest-ever study of the link between city walkability and blood pressure has been held up as evidence of the “intangible value of urban design” in improving long-term health outcomes, say researchers. According to the abstract, the study looked at the association between walkability and blood pressure for 429,334 people aged 38 to 73, modeling the walkability of where they lived which was "objectively modeled from detailed building footprint-level data within multi-scale functional neighborhoods". Neighbourhood walkability within one-kilometer street catchment was beneficially associated with all the three blood pressure outcomes, independent of ...

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