Navigation Links
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Date:11/14/2008

Trees, parks get inner city kids moving, study finds

FRIDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) - Greener neighborhoods, with lots of trees, help inner city kids keep excess pounds at bay, according to a U.S. study.

"Previous work, including our own, has provided snapshots in time, and shown that for children in densely population cities, the greener the neighborhood, the lower the risk of obesity. Our new study of over 3,800 inner-city children revealed that living in areas with green space has a long-term positive impact on children's weight and thus health," study senior author Gilbert C. Liu, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, said in a school news release.

The children in the study, ages 3 to 18 years, were in the same residence for more than 24 consecutive months. Higher neighborhood "greenness" was associated with slower increases in body mass index (BMI) over time, regardless of age, race or sex, said the researchers. They added this slowing of BMI could reduce the risk of child obesity in the long term.

The findings were published in the December issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Trees and other urban vegetation improve a neighborhood's appearance, reduce pollution, and keep the area cooler in the summer -- all of which encourage children to be outside playing, walking and running, the team said.

Being active reduces the risk of obesity, which is associated with a number of health problems including type 2 diabetes, asthma, hypertension, sleep apnea and emotional distress. Obese children are likely to become obese adults.

"Obesity is a national epidemic necessitating the involvement of health-care providers, parents, and the community," Liu said. "Our lifestyle makes us sedentary and less healthy. For children, physical activity is active play, and that usually takes place outdoors. We need to encourage them to go outside and play. I love the idea that we can landscape for health."

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about overweight and obesity in children.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Indiana University, news release, Oct. 28, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. MIRARCO, Canadian Light Source agreement lights way to greener mining
2. Greener offices make happier employees
3. Heifer International: The Greener Good for Holiday Giving
4. Drinking Often Spurs Move to Poorer Neighborhoods
5. Dysfunctional families and bad neighborhoods may worsen asthma in children and adolescents
6. Kids in Poor Neighborhoods Fall Behind in School
7. Breast cancer diagnosis comes late for women in gentrifying neighborhoods
8. Lower-income neighborhoods associated with higher obesity rates
9. Neighborhoods play key role in how much people exercise, study says
10. Walk Score Unveils Americas Most Walkable Neighborhoods
11. Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “The Land of More and More”: a brilliant story for children ... the simple and achievable answer. “The Land of More and More” is the creation ... in Angola, Indiana where he works with the children’s ministry department. , Michael ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Los Angeles (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... Care Act will be repealed by Congressional political games that circumvent health needs of ... First Stand Rally” capture the human anxieties and needs government public servants were suppose ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Ca (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... events for tech innovators, engineers, and scientists from around the world, announces the ... offers users a quick and easy portal to research breakthroughs and trending news, ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... WholeHealth is announcing their participation ... Paziotopoulos, Andrew Petersen and Trish Henrie-Barrus will be present Saturday and Sunday in ... program. , “We know it’s easy to get carried away when you’re ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Bio-Optronics ... provides a modern CTMS workflow designed to seamlessly integrate and streamline the way ... to a single page, maximizing usability and improving efficiency significantly for users – ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. "No one ... said Julie Beitz , M.D., director of the Office ... Evaluation and Research. "With the availability of new therapies, patients ... their condition." ...
(Date:1/19/2017)...  Stealth BioTherapeutics Inc. ( Stealth ), a clinical-stage ... announced new additions to its senior leadership team: ... and Daniel Geffken as interim Chief Financial ... , Pharm.D. has been promoted to Chief Clinical Development ... Doug and Daniel to our management team, as both ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017 James ... & Haematology, 2016;12(Suppl 2):3-8; http://www.touchoncology.com/articles/optimising-clinical-outcomes-gastrointestinal-cancers-through-inhibiting-angiogenesis-and ... ... Published recently in a supplement to European ... touchONCOLOGY, an article by James Gilbart ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: