Pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods correlate with better health outcomes

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Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health found that neighbourhoods that included pedestrian-friendly features like sidewalks and crosswalks correlated with reductions in obesity and high blood pressure; neighbourhoods with more road signs and street lights correlated with lower prevalence of high cholesterol, cancer, depression, and smoking. The researchers believe that pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood design encourages active lifestyles and lowers stress and anxiety.

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However, the study does not account for the relationship between living in such neighbourhoods and other socioeconomic factors.


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