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    What Your Zip Code Says About Your Health

    Photo by Fotolia/pootsonnajaTapping the power of place to keep us all healthy.One number stands above all others as the best indicator of good health.  It’s not your blood pressure, cholesterol level, average daily calories or even the age at which your grandparents die.  It’s your zip ...

    How a Florida Beach Town Changed How We Live

     Photo by Dawn C. Whitty.A cozy town built from scratch in the 1980s ignited a revolution in how we design and build communities. With pedestrian-friendly streets, congenial gathering spots, and appealing traditional architecture, Seaside on Florida’s Panhandle  proves we can build new ...

    Our Bodies Are Made for Walking

    Our Bodies Are Made for WalkingHuge health benefits heighten the need to make sure all Americans live in walkable communities. Photo by Johnny SilvercloudFew things in life relieve stress, instill creativity and boost health and more than taking a stroll.“Walking is a man’s best ...

    The Positive Power of Walking

     Many things leap to mind when someone mentions walking: fitness, fun, fresh air, relaxation, friends and maybe your most comfortable pair of shoes.  But a word that rarely arises is “power”. That will begin to change after the 2017 National Walking Summit (held in St. Paul, Minnesota ...

    How to Make City Streets More Friendly

    Laughter, lively music and lip-smacking appreciation of food from many cultures animates St. Anthony Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota as a crowd whoops it up at the Better Bridges Bash.Even chilly temperatures and gusty winds can’t dampen folks’ enthusiasm—nor does the unpromising location ...

    Walking Makes Strides in All Kinds of Communities

    Imagine living in one of America’s great walkable communities.Your day begins with a stroll—saying hi to neighbors, noticing blooming gardens and enticing shop windows, maybe stopping for a treat on your way to work.Weekends are even better. You step out your door and join the hum of ...

    What America’s Most Walkable Suburb Can Teach Towns Everywhere

    Walking tours offer residents and visitors the opportunity to explore the city at a slower pace, and lively walkable suburbs are beneficial for communities' continuing prosperity. Suburban life has always been synonymous with long hours in the car — going to work, school, the grocery store, ...

    Solutions for a More Walkable America

    Research shows that exercising outdoors, especially in nature, can improve our health and concentration and might expedite our natural healing processes.A diverse coalition that links fields as varied as business, education, health care, transportation, recreation, social justice, community ...

    How to Prevent Pedestrian Fatalities

    Ways of reducing pedestrian fatalities include shortening crosswalks and making them more visible.More than 4,500 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles every year on the streets of America (see earlier Utne blog). This is not an inevitable fact of modern life. These deaths are preventable, ...

    American Cities Beginning to Embrace Pedestrian Safety

    More than 4,500 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles every year on the streets of America.A recent report from the National Complete Streets Coalition studying ten years of data found that 16 times more people were killed crossing the street than in natural disasters over the that same ...

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