Historic Neighborhoods are Healthy Neighborhoods

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Walkable neighborhoods, walkable schools are healthier environments for everyone.   Many, if not most historic districts or neighborhoods with their “lovely tree-lined streets, interconnected blocks, and great architectural details on multi-storied buildings” are ” walkable places where you can get your recommended daily dose of exercise while simply going about your everyday business”. The “intimacy and beauty” of historic areas is often because they are scaled for human interaction.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created Active Living Research – a national program that prevent childhood obesity by supporting research on the policy and environments that contribute to active living for children and their families.   And, the National Trust for Historic Preservation received a grant from Active Living Research to help study and promote walkable schools and neighborhoods.  You can read more about this work here on the National Trust for Historic Preservation website.

 

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