Health

Blog post
April 15, 2010, 7am PDT

We live in a wonderful age! Scientists have proven that many simple, affordable, and often enjoyable activities make us healthier and happier: breath fresh air, avoid dangerous driving, be physically active, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, maintain friendships, play games, and avoid excessive stress. Even chocolate, red wine and sex are perscribed, in moderation, for health sake.

Todd Litman
April 6, 2010, 5am PDT
AARP takes a comprehensive looks at streetcars, exploring their past demise, comeback, and now spreading to as many as 40 cities. Special attention is given to the Portland Streetcar and how the streetcar enables better mobility for seniors.
AARP Bulletin Today
February 1, 2010, 7am PST
This piece from <em>Next American City</em> looks at health in New York City, and why the city's new health commissioner is looking at elevators, escalators and other subtleties of the built environment.
Next American City
January 15, 2010, 11am PST
A new report from the Health Effect Institute concludes that there is a strong correlation between exposure to traffic and heart ailments.
The New York Times
October 27, 2009, 8am PDT
The National Academy of Science has released a report showing that health effects from burning fossil fuels cost the economy about $120 billion a year. Global warming was not included due to uncertainty, so it's focused mostly on air pollution.
The New York Times - Environment
September 8, 2009, 7am PDT
Why the decision to host the next G-20 summit in Steel City is a good one.
Forbes.com
June 10, 2009, 7am PDT
With what some are calling the worst classroom conditions in the nation, California is trying to solve the problem by replacing all of its portable classrooms with green buildings.
Good
Blog post
June 5, 2009, 7am PDT

I’m watching local Rochester-area advocates respond to presentations by three panelists on the subject of “Community Food Supply and Environmental Justice” at the Association for Community Design annual conference. We’re here hosted by the Rochester Regional Community Design Center.

Jess Zimbabwe
April 14, 2009, 11am PDT
Reports have long linked higher cancer rates to different racial groups, but a new study suggests that location may play a more significant role in the prevalence of the disease.
American Cancer Society
April 14, 2009, 10am PDT
Researchers are teaming up with Boston community members to study how living close to freeways can be harmful to residents' health.
The Boston Globe
Blog post
November 19, 2008, 2pm PST

A paradigm shift is changing the way we think about transportation safety. In the past, traffic safety experts evaluated risk using distance-based units (traffic crashes and casualties per 100 million vehicle-miles or billion vehicle-kilometers), which ignores increases in vehicle traffic as a risk factor, and mobility management as a safety strategy. Yet, we now have overwhelming evidence that the amount people drive has a major impact on their chance of being injured or killed in a traffic accident. Here is a small portion of the evidence:

Todd Litman
May 1, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Seattle's new local food initiative will try to help provide access to health, fresh food in neighborhoods that are a long walk or bus ride from a supermarket.</p>
Seattle Post Intelligencer
April 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>This 12-part video series from <em>Vice</em> gives a gritty look at the Texas-sized patch of plastic flotsam that has formed in the Pacific Ocean -- and the global environmental and health hazards it presents.</p>
VBS
Blog post
November 20, 2007, 6am PST

Many families move to sprawled, automobile-dependent suburbs because they want a safe place to raise their children. They are mistaken. A smart growth community is actually a much safer and healthier place to live overall.

Todd Litman
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