Bad City Design Leads To Health Cost Burdens

TorontoCollegeStA new study from Peel Region and McMaster’s Health Dept adds to the body of evidence linking poor health outcomes and skyrocketing health care costs with city designs and policies that thwart active mobility while catering to moving cars faster.

“We don’t realize how powerful physical activity is, but we engineer it out of our lives, … citing cities structured for driving as key factors in health decline.”

“Changing the structure of a city to naturally encourage residents to become even slightly more active is the key for both health and economic gain, the report says.”

“We really have to think about urban setting and urban design as a public health issue.”  Read more.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.