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Want a Healthier City? Prescribe Biking

In Boston, a new program empowers doctors to give low-income patients a cheap bike-share membership.

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We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

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The Messy, Messy Relationship Between Income (and Race) and Obesity

The groups with the lowest obesity rates? The richest white women and the poorest black men.

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A City With No Children

We've made it harder than ever for kids to walk, bike or even play outside and the consequences are dire.

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How Sprawl Makes Fighting Childhood Obesity So Much Harder

Walking to school shouldn't be a big deal. But it's become one because of short-sighted planning and dangerous, difficult roads.

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Does Living Near Fast Food Restaurants Increase Your Risk of Obesity?

Research looking at African Americans in Houston finds a significant correlation.

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Researchers Can Tell How Healthy Your Neighborhood Is From Your Facebook Page

Tracking obesity rates based on your interest in outdoor fitness, health and wellness, and television.

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The Best Idea Yet To Get People to Curb Their Junk Food Consumption

Are you listening, Mayor Bloomberg?

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The Inequality of Playgrounds

Public parks in upper-income, predominantly-white communities in Kansas City were more likely to have playgrounds, water features and trails.

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An Alarmingly Strong Link Between Lack of Walkability and Diabetes

New research from Toronto finds that immigrants living in that city's least walkable neighborhoods were more than 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes.

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Obesity's Spread Across America Looks Like a Virus

The country's most pressing non-contagious health crisis seems to act like it is one. What does that mean for public health policy?

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The Grave Health Risks of Unwalkable Communities

Our car-dependent lifestyle has led to a dramatic rise in obesity-related illnesses. But we can do something about it.

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What's Making China Fat?

Obesity rates have skyrocketed in China over the last generation, at the same time that its cities have exploded. A group of researchers is now trying to pin down the relationship between the two.

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Which City Might Try to Ban Huge Sodas Next?

Deductive reasoning says Seattleites should drink 'em while they got 'em.

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Study of the Day: Peer Pressure Linked to Exercise in Kids

According to research in Pediatrics, active friends can make us more active.

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The Impending Obesity Epidemic

42 percent of Americans could be obese by 2030 - why aren't we doing more to fight this?

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Where You Live Could Make Your Kids Fat

A new study suggests that zip codes are as important as genetic code in childhood obesity.

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What Makes One City Fatter Than Another?

The factors behind the relative obesity of America's cities.

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America's Healthiest Metros

In the spirit of the New Year, a look at how U.S. cities stack up on measures like obesity and smoking