Today, April 7th is World Health Day 2016, devoted to diabetes. The epidemic of type 2 diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be stemmed, slowed and prevented by population-wide modest increases in everyday activity.
Today, the World Health Organization released a “Global Report on Diabetes” (pdf) which reports, “Urban planning and active transport policies can ensure that walking, cycling and other forms of non-motorized transport are accessible and safe for all.” Active mobility is so valuable because it offers modes of transportation that insert incidental physical activity into everyday life.
We know that our current health care system is financially unsustainable, and that even small incremental increases in physical activity return large offsets in health care costs. One-time investments in infrastructure and encouragement for active mobility return 10 to 20 times in future annual health care offsets.
Brockville City Council have endorsed an Official Plan, Sustainability Plan and Healthy Community Vision that all include a commitment to improved infrastructure for walking and cycling. Hold Council accountable.