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Research Finds City Sidewalks Key Exercise Equipment For Residents

Researchers at San Diego State University found in a recent study that individuals residing in city neighborhoods with access to sidewalks are twice as likely to get adequate levels of exercise than those who don’t live in such neighborhoods.

The study included international neighborhoods from 11 countries, including the United States, Lithuania, Brazil, Sweden and Japan. Even across cultures, those living in urban locations more often get a significant amount of exercise by walking to stores or transportation stops, have access to low-cost recreation opportunities or ride bicycles to nearby destinations. Results of the study will be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. To check on the walkability of your neighborhood, visit Walk Score.