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.