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Worldwide, Urbanites Healthier than Suburbanites

August 6, 2009

According to a San Diego State University study published in June’s American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the single biggest factor influencing physical activity around the world is accessibility to sidewalks. The study, headed by America Walks’ Advisory Committee member James F. Sallis, Ph.D., looked at data from 11,541 survey participants in 11 countries, including the United States, found that those who live in an urban neighborhood are twice as likely to be physically active as those in the suburbs. Click here to download the full text of the study.