More Children Walking to School

A ray of hope in the midst of all the reports out there about the increase of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a myriad of other health problems plaguing Americans and their children. A new report published this week found a 14.05% increase from 2007 to 2012, in children walking to school rather than riding the bus or being driven.

There was a difference between the morning walk to school and the afternoon walk home as seen in the chart below:

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This increase may seem somewhat insignificant but it’s a great start. Having just seen a video yesterday that said that the next generation is, for the first time in several centuries, expected to have a lifespan that is going to be 5 years shorter than ours because of the rise of nutrition based health problems (obesity, lack of exercise, diabetes, etc…) any move to get children (and adults, for that matter), moving and exercising is a great move.

Download the 2-page summary or the whole 43-page paper from www.saferoutesinfo.org

 


The more you sit, the shorter your life

A new study by the American Journal of Epidemiology has concluded that, to a large degree, your life expectancy is greatly affected by the number of hours you spend on your butt!

Even after factoring out other variables such as smoking and obesity the study, which included 53,440 men and 69,776 women over the course of 14 years, concluded that the number of hours that you sit every day is directly proportional to the length of your life. For women who sit for more than 6 hours a day, the increased risk of death was 37%; for men it was 17%.

The bottom line? Reducing the number of hours sitting is crucial. Find ways to walk around more during the day, stand up more often, stretch and exercise as often as you can. Set timers to remind you if you can’t remember on your own.

The article abstract is viewable online here.

Now excuse me while I get up, stretch and go for a walk!