A warrning about car dependence from Heart and Stroke Foundation, from
today's CBC news site:
Cars killing suburban dwellers, heart foundation says
Last Updated Thu, 10 Feb 2005 17:25:16 EST
TORONTO - Cars are killing Canadians, and it's not the accidents, the
Heart and Stroke Foundation said Thursday.
The problem is that suburban and rural dwellers are much more likely
to drive everywhere, and that means they have a higher chance of being
obese or overweight, the health lobby group said. Excess weight
increases the chance of heart problems.
Surburban car culture can be unhealthy.
� INDEPTH: Phys-ed
"The evidence is conclusive: our car-dependent habits are killing us,"
foundation spokesperson Dr. Anthony Graham said in a news release.
"Simply put, the suburban dream has gone sour," the foundation said in
its annual report card.
For the second year in a row, it's targeting obesity. Last year, the
focus was on food consumption; this year, the group is going after
Canadians' reluctance to exercise.
� FROM FEB. 10, 2004: Heart foundation urges action to cut fat
The foundation's first study of urban versus non-urban living shows
that car-dependent Canadians are more sedentary and at increased risk
of being overweight or obese.
The group's research shows that city-dwellers are much more likely to
walk or bike to work or to do their shopping.
"It kind of comes to the fact that if you're a long way form where you
want to go, you're unlikely to take your bike or walk," said Dr. Todd
Anderson, a cardiologist in Calgary. "You're going to take your car."
Each kilometre walked in a day reduces the risk of becoming obese by
nearly five per cent, while each hour in the car increases the chance
of obesity by six per cent, the foundation said.
� FROM SEPT. 10, 2003: Suburban car culture contributing to
� FROM SEPT. 6, 2002: One hour of exercise a day - new dietary
"Research has demonstrated that routine physical activity is one factor
that can be linked to the lower rate of obesity observed in major urban
centres," Graham said.
The foundation advocates a minimum of 30 minutes a day of physical
It called on all levels of government to put more money into projects
such as walking trails and bike paths, and it asked municipalities to
encourage developments where people can walk or bike to stores and
(Much) more on this at the Heart and Stroke Foundation's website:
Washington, DC/Mount Rainier, Maryland
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