Healthy Weight Linked Active NeighborhoodsStacie Haight Connerty
Families walking around. People jogging. Kids riding bikes. Kids fishing. There is always a lot of activity going on during the day.
This is really a great neighborhood to live in! I have often thought that this neighborhood is very beneficial to my children.
I recently read this article: Can a Neighborhood Make Kids Fat?
The article stated, “Published April 10 in a special issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, “Obesogenic Neighborhood Environments, Child and Parent Obesity: The Neighborhood Impact on Kids Study,” led by Brian Saelens, PhD, of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, looked at the availability of healthy food choices, walkability and proximity to parks with equipment where kids can be active. Children living in neighborhoods with all of these were 59% more likely to be a healthy weight.”
One of the things that my husband and I definitely consider is how healthy our children eat and how much activity they have in their daily lives. We go to the park often and as city dwellers, we are extremely fortunate to live in a neighborhood where kids can ride their bikes on the street without fear of cars.
My husband and I are fanatics when it comes to our kid’s health. We picked this neighborhood because of that and a few other factors.
So according to the study, yes, your neighborhood can definitely make you fat. But there are so many things that you can do to change your circumstances and not be one of the study statistics.
WHAT IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD LIKE?
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