Children living in smart growth neighborhoods get more exercise

Children living in smart growth neighborhoods get more exercise

A study from the University of California, Berkeley found that children who live in smart growth neighborhoods, which include parks/green space and encourage active travel, get 46% more moderate or vigorous physical activity than children who live in conventionally designed neighborhoods. This number translates to about 10 more minutes of physical activity each day. Lead author and professor in the School of Public Health Michael Jerrett explained in a press release that:

“Ten minutes of extra activity a day may not sound like much, but it adds up,” said Jerrett. Taking in as little as 15 calories more than you expend on a daily basis can lead to weight gain over time, he noted. A child who weighs 100 pounds might burn an extra 30 calories in those 10 extra minutes of physical activity each day. “The basic idea is that even small things count,” he said.

Check out these articles to learn more:

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/09/11/study-kids-who-live-in-walkable-neighborhoods-get-more-exercise/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130910093406.htm

http://www.hngn.com/articles/12105/20130911/smart-growth-neighborhood-kids-more-exercise-study-finds.htm

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