Better Transportation Options = Healthier Lives

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May 22, 2013
By Chad Spoon
Better Transportation Options = Healthier Lives

From the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's NewPublicHealth blog comes a fantastic infographic titled "Better Transportation Options = Healthier Lives" that explores the impact of transportation and education on health.

Highlights from the infographic (per the NewPublicHealth blog) include:

  • Public transit users walk an average of 19 minutes getting to and from public transportation.
  • Countries with lower rates of obesity tend to have higher rates of commuters who walk or bike to work.
  • The risk of obesity increases 6 percent with every additional mile spent in the car, and decreases 5 percent  with every kilometer walked.
  • Lengthy commutes cost $100 billion each year in excess fuel costs and lost productivity.

 

Only a bite-sized view of the infographic is posted here. We encourage you to check out the infographic and read the post on the NewPublicHealth blog here.

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