17 June 2009

Walkability = waste

DCStreetsBlog highlights the new effort to prevent walkability. More specifically, opponents of the poposed health care plan are labeling programs that promote more paved sidewalks and jungle gyms as "new wasteful programs" as a means for fighting the bill's passage. They are also opposing the support of farmers markets. Meanwhile, the literature has shown the relevance of the built environment to fitness and ultimately reducing healthcare costs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Physical activity is certainly a proven positive health promotion. I'm not sure why there is so much fight against ways that will increase the accessibility to it. Building places that encourage outdoor activity will certainly benefit our communities and all of us.