Eco Minute: January 30, 2015
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.