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UK: 'Help people be more active' call

Children should be encouraged to play outside and adults to walk or cycle more, health and transport groups say.

Over 70 groups, including public health doctors and the Ramblers' Association, are asking candidates in this week's local elections to back such ideas.

They want each to pledge to invest 10% of transport budgets in walking and cycling initiatives.

The Association of Directors of Public Health said boosting activity levels would help tackle obesity.

'Move on'

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Philadelphia: The city has lost control of its sidewalks

By Inga Saffron

Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic

Apr. 11, 2008

There are close to 1.5 million people living in Philadelphia, and every one of them is a pedestrian at one time or another. Yet City Hall sometimes seems surprised to learn that people travel on two feet.

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US, Florida: Downtown Must Walk The Walk

The Brookings Institution, the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, released a survey of the top 30 metropolitan areas regarding the ranking on the per capita number of regionally significant walkable urban places in their regions. The results for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area - dead last.

There was not one place in the region where you could live, work and play within walking distance that is at critical mass. Certainly there are many places that are up and coming; downtown St Petersburg, Ybor City, the Channel District, Hyde Park and, of course, downtown Tampa.

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Walking packs huge health punch, study confirms

A brisk 30-minute walk 6 days a week is enough to trim waistlines and cut the risk of metabolic syndrome - an increasingly common condition that is linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, a new US study indicates.

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UK report highlights physical activity and design

A very recent and useful piece of work from the UK regarding the importance of Physical Activity and Design in Public Health... and worth quoting to Councils, Land Transport NZ etc.

The UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.

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