"Walkable cities" reduce blood pressure: Study

Feb 06, 2018, 7:08 AM EST
(Source: Yuya Tamai/flickr)
(Source: Yuya Tamai/flickr)

While shelling out billions of dollars in preventing and curing cardiovascular diseases, what we are ignoring is the “intangible value of urban planning and design.”

A recent study that tracked nearly half a million people aged 38 to 73 living across 22 cities in the U.K. found that walkable cities reduce blood pressure and hypertension risk, writes The Guardian.

The study, published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, calls on urban planners to design and retrofit cities that promote and accommodate active lifestyles, with making more room for pedestrians and cyclists, notes Tree Hugger.