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Eco Minute: January 30, 2015

Jem Sullivan

Many cities are redesigning their neighborhoods to make them more pleasant for walking, which is great—not just for environmental, but for health reasons, too. This is the Eco Minute and I’m Christian Wagley.
Scientists are studying a handful of places in the world where people live the longest—places they call Blue Zones. In Blue Zones, residents routinely live healthy and active lives into their 90s and beyond. One of the things they all share in common is daily physical exercise from walking. And since they live in traditional neighborhoods designed before the automobile, when they walk they actually go places--to the store, to work, or to visit their friends.

Redesigning our communities so we can do more walking and less driving is one of the very best things we can do for the environment—and for our health.     

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.