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Published on November 1st, 2008 | by Joel Bittle

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More Neighborhood Green Space May Reduce Childhood Obesity


A new study in the December 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that an increase of green space in a neighborhood may decrease the chance for childhood obesity among neighborhood children. [social_buttons]

In the study, researchers from the University of Washington, Indiana University-Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine followed more than 3800 children aged 3 to 16 over a two year period. Using satellite imagery, the researchers found that of the predominantly African-American and poor children studied, those who lived near greater concentrations of green space had a greater chance of lower body mass index (BMI.) Children whose activities were limited to streets and sidewalks faced greater risk of childhood obesity than those who had access to open spaces such as yards, parks, or vacant lots.

This study finds that what is good for adults may not be good for children. A previous study done by the same researchers found that higher urban concentrations led to less driving and more walking by adults, and a corresponding drop in BMI.

While green space has been a vital part of the green movement, it has not carried much weight in green building. Landscaping is addressed in green building programs, but more from a water-saving perspective. Green lawns have begun to carry a negative connotation as a water sucking luxury. Perhaps this study will change that perception. The US Green Building Council has established LEED for Neighborhood Development, which focuses more on the development of environmentally friendly buildings and the increase of public transportation than on the increase of green space in the neighborhood, though it does promote “active public spaces.” It would be interesting to see if this study finds a magic number of necessary green space in a neighborhood – perhaps the USGBC can incorporate that number into LEED for ND.

The dangers of childhood obesity are many: type 2 diabetes, asthma, hypertension, sleep apnea, and emotional distress. Since children who are obese are likely to be obese as adults, they are in greater risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, not to mention far greater health care costs in general.

Study source: Elsevier

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ACTOR JOHN SCHNEIDER, ‘GENERAL LEE’ VISIT RONALD REAGAN SAILORS

US Fed News Service, Including US State News September 19, 2007 The U.S. Navy issued the following press release:

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aaron HoltUSS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) enjoyed a visit from actor and 1980′s pop icon John Schneider, Sept. 15.

Widely known for his role as “Bo Duke” on the hit television series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Schneider visited with Sailors to say thank you.

Schneider, who showed up in the famous orange 1969 Dodge Charger known as the “General Lee,” said he wanted to show his appreciation for military personnel and thank them for their service. website 1969 dodge charger

“The Sailors were fantastic, everyone was so polite,” said Schneider. “This ship is full of Clark Kents,” referring to his role on the television show “Smallville,” which is about Superman.

Schneider was impressed by the size and cleanliness of the ship, and the pride of the Ronald Reagan crew.

Ronald Reagan Sailors said they enjoyed the opportunity to meet the television star and country recording artist. see here 1969 dodge charger

“Since I was young I’ve been into cars,” said Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class (SW) Sean Tabor who spent a lot of time admiring the famous 1969 Dodge Charger.

“John Schneider did all his own driving on the show, so it was cool to meet a childhood role model,” added Tabor. “This was the best duty day ever.” Schneider’s visit also brought back many memories for Sailors who grew up in the 1980s.

“He’s been a family icon, my mom always liked him,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class (AW/SW) Michael Ryan, who knew Schneider from the popular television show that ran from 1979-1985.

“This was a dream come true, extremely unique and one of the greatest days in my life,” said Ryan. “It was unbelievable.” Ryan received a special invitation from Schneider to join him in the “General Lee” as he spun a few donuts in the parking lot before leaving.

“I don’t want to use the clich?© of awesome, but coming from a motor head, it rates up there with the greatest pleasures in life,” said Ryan.

Ronald Reagan is currently undergoing a planned incremental availability in the carrier’s homeport of San Diego following a three-month surge deployment in support of operations in the western Pacific.

For more news from USS Ronald Reagan, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn76/.




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  • Erin

    This article has inspired me to get active while helping the earth. Thanks for this wonderful article!!!

  • Erin

    This article has inspired me to get active while helping the earth. Thanks for this wonderful article!!!

  • Uncle B

    Beware the oncoming recession/depression and the cheaper oily starchy foods kids will eat to survive! It is a good time now to rip up your lawn and plant it to veggies! A good greenhouse and a few years developing greenhouse skills will be good preparation for the rising costs of anything requiring transport to market! A life-style paradigm shift and some drastic societal value changes are soon to make us all see things in a different light! We are headed for an Eurpoeanization, with the “Big Three” Auto makers going down our cars are about to shrink to Asian and European standards and our diets will slide away from “healthy” to “affordable”. By the end of the financial and power crises we will be a changed people with a changed diet!

  • Uncle B

    Beware the oncoming recession/depression and the cheaper oily starchy foods kids will eat to survive! It is a good time now to rip up your lawn and plant it to veggies! A good greenhouse and a few years developing greenhouse skills will be good preparation for the rising costs of anything requiring transport to market! A life-style paradigm shift and some drastic societal value changes are soon to make us all see things in a different light! We are headed for an Eurpoeanization, with the “Big Three” Auto makers going down our cars are about to shrink to Asian and European standards and our diets will slide away from “healthy” to “affordable”. By the end of the financial and power crises we will be a changed people with a changed diet!

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