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Urban living healthier than suburbs

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Published: 07/17/2012

by William Roebuck

 We have to start focusing on healthy lifestyle habits to replace our ‘drive-through’ mentality

says Dr.Anthony Graham of the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Yet 80% of Canadians believe city living is detrimental to their health.

 In fact, for people in the suburbs, this false sense of security could be putting

 them at higher risk for heart disease and stroke than their city-dweller counterparts.

 City-dwellers are twice as likely to walk, bike or take public transit to get to

 work or do daily chores as their nonurban counterparts.

 “Routine physical activity is one factor that can be linked to the lower rate of obesity

 observed in major urban centres.”

 

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