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Living in areas with good public transport links can increase physical activity by 90 minutes a week

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1890 (Published 05 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1890
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

People living in densely populated areas with a large number of public transport stops, public parks, and intersections are more likely to be physically active, a global study has found.1

The study, published in the Lancet, looked at 6822 adults aged 18-66 in 14 cities and towns around the world and found that those living in what it termed an activity-friendly neighbourhood took as much as 90 minutes more exercise a week than those who lived elsewhere. The researchers controlled for factors including age, sex, education, marital and employment status, and whether neighbourhoods were classed as high or low income.

The cities or …

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