Physical Activity: Health Benefits & the Role of the Built Environment and Air Pollution

Posted on 15. Apr, 2017 by in Creation

pag_02New community design strategies and smart growth principles have the potential to increase exercise and active transportation, but if individuals are walking and bicycling on high-traffic roads, their exposure to air pollution may also be increased. This white paper summarizes the published literature on the health benefits of physical activity, with a specific focus on walking and bicycling for transportation. The paper also examines studies analyzing the combined health effects of increased physical activity and air pollution exposure, finding that in most environments the health benefits outweigh the harms.

(Download the white paper and factsheet)

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