7 Simple Ways to Make Every City Friendlier to Pedestrians

Core Research Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: September 30, 2014

San Jose is expected to grow faster than any city in the Bay Area in the next few decades. The local government is working to meet that demand with mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. To help it out, the non-profit San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) wrote a 67-page report looking at building and design techniques the city should encourage developers to use to better promote walkability – a fancy term that basically translates to…

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More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

Physical Activity Research

Published: September 29, 2014

As schools cut down on physical education and recess, kids are spending more time than ever in a desk. And while nerdy second-graders like me didn’t ever consider arguing for more gym, there’s increasing evidence that being active helps not just children’s waistlines but their brains. “If you consider the anthropology of humankind, we were designed to move,” Charles Hillman, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tells Shots. Hillman and…

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Off the Drugs, Onto the Cupcakes

Food Environment Research

Published: September 15, 2014

Rodney Zimmers was 21 years old and 135 pounds when he got off heroin and cocaine for good. Three years later, he was still drug free but had ballooned to 250. He blames his weight gain on the high-calorie, high-sugar food served in rehabilitation. “Once I got sober, I continued to eat all this awful stuff,” said Mr. Zimmers, now 29 and the founder of Blueprints for Recovery, an all-male treatment facility near Prescott, Ariz.…

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