Comment 39232

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted March 29, 2010 at 06:18:05

http://thespec.com/News/Local/article/74...

Three quarters of Hamilton is overweight? That is pretty shocking. A few sentences in there appeared related to this thread; also repeat what many of us already know:

"just telling people to eat healthier and be more active is not working."

"For example, the same 2006 StatsCan report noted that U.S. data has found associations between obesity and urban sprawl, suggesting that an increased dependency on cars decreases opportunities and motivation to walk."

"That includes working with the municipality and schools to address issues such as increasing walkability, bike trails, active transportation and food policies. It also includes pitching the city's two biggest initiatives -- participation in the Pan Am Games and building a light rail system. Tran says the games will create more physical activity facilities while light rail will get people out of their cars, walking to and from transit connections."

Once again, a proper network normally precedes an increase in said activity. It may make one unpopular to say it (in this city anyway) but that does not magically make it untrue. Cheers.

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