May 27, 2010, 5am PDT

Do parks succeed in making people more active? What works and what doesn't when designing and maintaining a park?

Tim Halbur
March 3, 2010, 9am PST
Gallup looks at the body mass index of American cities to see which metro areas are the most overweight. Flint, Michigan and Stockton, California come out on top.
February 7, 2010, 5am PST
Last week, five NYC departments released a new publication on "Active Design Guidelines," presenting ways to address public health considerations through the built environment. Urban Omnibus takes a look.
Urban Omnibus
January 21, 2010, 5am PST
Urban convenience stores are being further linked to childhood obesity after the release of a new study from Temple University.
November 28, 2009, 11am PST
This post from Richard Florida looks at the geography of obesity in America, and relates state obesity rates to the rates of death from various diseases.
Creative Class Exchange
October 13, 2009, 11am PDT
Community activists are calling for a ban on new convenience stores in South Los Angeles, a lower income part of town that saw a ban on new fast food restaurants last year.
The Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2009, 1pm PDT
A ban on new fast food restaurants in South Los Angeles which was put in place last year has been found to play little role in reducing obesity in the area, according to a new report from the Rand Corporation.
Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2009, 6am PDT
A new study of public high school students suggests a connection between obesity and feeling unsafe in one's neighborhood.
ABC News
July 19, 2009, 9am PDT
Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure is a part of transportation, whether some elected officials like it or not. In this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>, Neal Peirce writes that this fact is becoming increasingly clear.
June 21, 2009, 9am PDT
A new book by four public health researchers shows that global warming and obesity have the same causes- we drive too much, and carbon-intensive foods have become our daily bread.
March 27, 2009, 12pm PDT
This piece from the New York Times looks at a program in Italy the encourages children to walk to school.
The New York Times
December 17, 2008, 9am PST
DeSoto and Ferguson are the first two cities in Missouri to adopt Complete Street plans. The ordinances are in place to encourage walking and biking, and, ultimately, healthier lifestyles.
Land Online
November 14, 2008, 5am PST
Mecklenberg County, NC has created a program to encourage kids to walk to school in an attempt to curb obesity, but they're finding that the road to good intentions isn't properly paved.
The Naked City
August 4, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>This is Mississippi's third year in a row topping CalorieLab's United States of Obesity report. The BBC goes to Jefferson County, MS to find out why.</p>
July 30, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>A new study by the University of Utah shows that people who live in walkable neighborhoods are more likely to be leaner than those who live in auto-oriented areas.</p>
The Salt Lake Tribune
June 30, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Pennsylvania is putting its money where its mouth is with the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a $120 million fund to encourage inner-city groceries.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
May 5, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>High rates of obesity and diabetes are being correlated to high concentrations of fast food restaurants in neighborhoods. Some look to zoning as a solution.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>New research suggests that urban sprawl doesn't cause weight gain in residents, though it does attract people who are inclined to be heavy and prefer to move around by car.</p>