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Active Travel and Health

October 25, 2011

Author: Ian Ralph

Wandsworth are currently consulting on their Active Strategy until the 30th September. We believe that there needs to be clear deliverable and accountable steps to truly making the borough great for walking and cycling, the easiest and cheapest means of activity. Please use link below.  Also below are some key facts on causes for poor health and premature deaths.  As inactivity, obesity and air pollution are leading causes, the role of liveable, clean, green and  enjoyable streets and spaces  is of utmost importance.

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200087/sports_clubs_and_centres/699/active_wandsworth_network

Some other interesting facts from their research include:

  • each additional kilometre walked per day reduces a persons risk of obesity by 5%, while
  • each additional hour in a car increases the risk by 6%
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