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Only 24 percent of jobs in the region are accessible by transit in 90 minutes or less by a typical resident — and that number drops to 12 percent in the suburbs.

Study finds physical activity is cost-effective

We already know the value of active transportation for our health and happiness.  Now there’s evidence from the CDC that active communities make economic sense, too.

From the press release: “New CDC study finds community physical activity programs are money well spent”

The study found that community-based physical activity interventions designed to promote more active lifestyles among adults are cost-effective – “reducing new cases of many chronic diseases and improving quality of life.”

Among the physical activity interventions studied were strategies we are currently incorporating in our programs:

“Tailored behavior change to encourage people to set physical activity goals and monitor their individual progress.”  Like Footprints.

“Enhanced access to services that support active lifestyles such as fitness centers, bike paths and walking trails.”  Like Sunday Parkways and Safe Routes to School.

The study, “Cost Effectiveness of Community-Based Physical Activity Intervention,” is being published in the online version of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The full study is available by sending a request to eAJPM@ucsd.edu.  For more information about physical activity visit www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/index.html.  For more information about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines visit www.health.gov/paguidelines/.