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Air pollution can ruin the health benefits of 'walkable' neighborhoods

Living in a walkable neighborhood, where people can easily get to the store, to work, and around town under their own power, is usually associated with better health—studies show that those neighborhoods are associated with increased physical activity and lower levels of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.  However, those neighborhoods also sometimes have high levels of air pollution: connected streets and close proximity to stores and town centers can mean more cars close by, which generate polluting emissions and can be associated with poor cardiovascular health. And, when walkable neighborhoods do have bad air, their health benefits are canceled out, according to a study published this week in the journal Environment International.  Read more....

 

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