Public Health

The "Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities" report suggests that so much time spent in front of screens, and the continued need to counter the obesity epidemic, requires new thinking about play for children living in cities.
1 hour ago   Next City
The day before it was to go into effect, a New York State Supreme Court judge has invalidated New York City's ban on large sugary drinks, reports Michael M. Grynbaum.
Mar 12, 2013   The New York Times
A newly published University of Melbourne study ten years in the making reveals that increased access to shops, parks, and other amenities increased walking and overall health.
Mar 10, 2013   Science Daily
Joe Gose examines the growing use of health impact assessments to guide decision-making through a case study from the La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood near downtown Denver.
Mar 6, 2013   The New York Times
A presentation at this week's TED conference in Long Beach by business writer Nilofer Merchant explored the "quiet crisis of sore butts," and the sobering public health impacts, reports Ryan Tate.
Feb 28, 2013   Wired
The newest craze for improving the health of Angelenos isn't an all-liquid diet or a Brazilian exercise regimen; it's a new approach to land use regulation being championed by the County and City of Los Angeles.
Feb 23, 2013   LA.Streetsblog
Responding to the sanitary and air quality conditions of cities in the late 19th century, Frederick Law Olmsted spoke of parks as “the lungs of the city”. Opinion
Feb 19, 2013   By Steven Snell
New Yorkers can expect to live eight years longer than they could just 20 years ago. Do Mayor Bloomberg's policies and initiatives deserve some credit? A mounting body of evidence ties urban form to human health.
Feb 10, 2013   The Guardian
"Canada is getting hotter faster than ever before and at a faster rate than almost any other country," reports Anna Mehler Paperny, and the country's infrastructure, public health, and economy are vulnerable to unforeseen impacts.
Jan 24, 2013   The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Following the arrest of Dr. Tomislav Svoboda for obstructing the removal of Jarvis Street's bike lanes last November, the doctor and his colleagues have joined together to ask Toronto to speed up the installation of bike lanes to save lives.
Jan 22, 2013   Torontoist
How far of a walk is a park from you, from your home, work or school? Are there any significant obstacles in the way such as large parking lots or major intersections? Opinion
Jan 11, 2013   By Steven Snell