Friday, December 14, 2012

More Parks Don't Mean More Walking: Study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who live within a half-mile of lots of parks and fields go on fewer walks than those who don't have much parkland nearby, a new study from Australia suggests.

The findings run contrary to the notion that people get more exercise and are healthier when they have access to outdoor recreation, researchers said.

It's possible, they added, that urban neighborhoods with few parks may instead have lots of cafes, schools and community centers that facilitate walking for transportation.

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