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Promoting active transportation; an opportunity for public health
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Promoting active transportation; an opportunity for public health
  • Corporate Authors:
    American Public Health Association ; National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.) ; Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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    Preface -- Health and transportation -- The Transportation planning process -- Case study; success stories -- Communication strategies to build relationships -- Conclusions -- Glossary of terms -- References -- Acknowledgements

    The connection between transportation and health is indisputable -- as a science, discipline and matter of policy. Transportation systems impact health for better or worse. Historically, they have been designed to accommodate nonactive modes of transportation, namely the car. Our communities are sprawling and built in a way that it makes it very difficult for an individual to get to work, home, school or play without driving. There are limited opportunities to get out of the car to walk or bicycle. Unnecessary congestion and air pollution have become customary and our waistlines are growing. Obesity could edge out tobacco as public enemy No. 1 in our lifetime.

    This publication was made possible by grant number 5U38HM000459-04 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through funding from the Healthy Community Design Initiative within the National Center for Environmental Health. For more information, go to: www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces. Funding was administered through a contract with the American Public Health Association. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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