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  •  the suburbs... (8+ / 0-)

    ...were built with cars in mind, not people....

    Rebecca Jones, MD

    by Rebecca Jones MD on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:34:52 PM PDT

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    •  Then the oil/gas and car industry (2+ / 0-)
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      DamselleFly, Rebecca Jones MD

      bought up trolley and train lines in many cities. They were not maintained or expanded to new developments, pushing the increase in buying cars.

      Denver metro is in the middle of constructing an area wide high speed rail line. The west section that goes to Golden includes a lot of rebuilt areas - from the original one that covered that route. It opens next spring and I live on the west side. Very cool to see all the track, bridges, stations etc springing up. It will go to Jefferson County government campus, JeffCo fairgrounds, CO School of Mines and Red Rock Community College, the Denver Federal Center, new campus of a local level 1 trauma center hospital, and a lot more in the 2/3rds that go the rest of the way to Denver.

       When the first line opened years ago, all the RW scare charges that it wouldn't be used enough were decimated in a short time.

      Off topic a bit Dr. Jones.  UCH has a new center that combines integrative medicine, nutrition and sports to develop community outreach programs that are effective in getting folks to make lifestyle changes. It's a great idea, that will take time to get results.

      Meanwhile a health issue I've been pursuing since my kids were in school is K-12 PE. I have been wishing all the people in DC from Illinois were aware of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey MD and Eric Hagerman '08.

      They extensively discuss the Naperville IL PE program - started 20 years ago, focusing on teaching all the students how to exercise for both physical and mental health. It is remarkably well designed and thorough. The emphasis is on personal fitness not competition. Unsurprisingly to me, the schools there and elsewhere it has been adopted (KC inner city) have seen significant drops in bullying and violence.

      There are significant improvements in individual and institutional academic achievement. Oh, and the obesity rate is 3 %.  The rest of the book is on the scientific research that contributed to the success and newer work that gives more explanation.

      This would help getting kids to be willing to walk or bike ride more - rather than the parents having to cajole, etc. And the schools can have programs for the parents to improve their physical capacity. I don't remember specifically how much safety issues are stressed in that program. As an RN for 3+ decades, with some really tough experiences in adult and pediatric ICUs, I would want that to be included.

      Thanks for the diary. I'm a  #10 - train lover from almost 6 decades ago ;)

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 09:01:59 PM PDT

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