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2011-05-24 12:00:00

Programs and policies to promote safer streets and walking threatened as Congress debates renewal of federal transportation bill WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. between 2000 and 2009, and the majority of those deaths were preventable, according to a new report released today by Transportation for America. The report, "Dangerous by Design 2011: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths," shows how roadway...

2011-04-04 09:00:00

RALEIGH, N.C., April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- All across North Carolina, from Ahoskie to Charlotte, citizens are joining Shape Your World, a statewide movement that is creating safer, healthier, more connected communities. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110404/NY76109) Shape Your World officially launches April 4 and will provide North Carolinians with the inspiration, connections and tools to take a more active role in the development of their community's built...

2011-04-01 13:03:00

Makeover Scheme for Seattle Neighborhood Emphasizes Sustainability, Transit Access WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of students representing the University of Michigan has won the $50,000 top prize in the 2011 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition with a redevelopment plan for a Seattle neighborhood that emphasizes sustainability through neighborhood diversity, affordability, walkability and environmental conservation....

2010-12-08 02:10:30

Study shows that living in a walkable neighborhood enhances an individual's quality of life People who live in walkable communities are more civically involved and have greater levels of trust than those who live in less walkable neighborhoods. And this increase in so-called "Ëœsocial capital' is associated with higher quality of life, according to Shannon Rogers and her team from the University of New Hampshire in the US. Their research, looking at the social benefits of...

2010-11-21 23:01:00

SEATTLE, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holidays, the merry crew at Walk Score has added new features that make it easier to walk off that big meal and escape awkward family situations. Today, the team launched walkability "heat maps" and neighborhood rankings for 2,500 cities in the United States. Walk Score now features: Walkability "heat maps" for 2,500 cities - with walkable areas in green and less walkable areas in red. Walk Score's "heat maps" let users view a...

2010-10-05 08:17:00

International Walk to School Day Activities Mark 11 Years of FedEx Support of Safe Kids Worldwide WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grants totaling $400,000 will be awarded by Safe Kids Worldwide to participants this October for its pedestrian safety program called Safe Kids Walk This Way, now in its eleventh year. Program sponsor FedEx will provide the grant funding for local environmental improvements and recognition of International Walk to School Day. "Improved...

2009-11-03 11:36:35

Study reveals the role of neighborhood design in reducing pollution and improving physical activity A new study compares neighborhoods' walkability (degree of ease for walking) with local levels of air pollution and finds that some neighborhoods might be good for walking, but have poor air quality. Researchers involved in the study include University of Minnesota faculty member Julian Marshall and University of British Columbia faculty Michael Brauer and Lawrence Frank. The findings highlight...

2009-10-27 12:51:06

Obesity linked to fewer neighborhood food options Contrary to what you might believe, living near a variety of restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets and even fast food outlets actually lowers your risk for obesity, according to a new study from the University of Utah. Surprisingly, people who live more than a half mile away from any food outlets are the ones who tend to be fatter. "Having access to a range of food options in your neighborhood affects both your energy input and...

2009-03-05 18:28:46

U.S. researchers say a person who lives in a neighborhood with more fast food outlets and less opportunities to walk has a higher risk of weight gain. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, finds neighborhoods having the highest amount of fast food outlets were associated with an increase of 3 pounds in weight and .8 inches in waist circumference in those who ate at fast food restaurants. On the other hand, neighborhoods with high-walkability were associated with a...

2009-03-04 08:08:26

In a research article published recently by the American Journal of Epidemiology, Oregon Research Institute (ORI) scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., and colleagues show that a high-density of fast food outlets was associated with an increase of 3 pounds in weight and .8 inches in waist circumference among neighborhood residents who frequently ate at those restaurants. In contrast, high-walkability neighborhoods were associated with a decrease of 2.7 pounds in weight and 0.6 inches in waist size...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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