Tag Archive for 'obesity'

The Kings’s Fund supports active travel for improved public health

December 12th, 2013 by The King's Fund

The King’s Fund, an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England, has produced the report ‘Improving the Public’s Health‘, which states that investing in the right public health interventions provides an excellent return on investment for local government as well as improving the health and well-being of local communities. The report […]

Car use taxes society

December 18th, 2012 by European Cyclists Federation

On average, every car in Europe produces external costs of the equivalent of €1,600 per year in noise, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and accidents not covered by liability insurance. This figure comes from a study published in the paper “The true costs of automobility: External costs of cars” that was produced and presented to […]

To reap benefits of cycling, study to look at infrastruture to make it safer

November 15th, 2012 by The University of Nottingham

A UK government-funded study is to be carried out into how Britain’s roads could be made safer for cyclists to reduce the risk of cycling injuries, encourage more people to use bicycles and improve public health. Amid fresh calls for action on road safety after the separate accidents involving world-famous cyclist Bradley Wiggins and the […]

Car-free travel in Guernsey

May 22nd, 2012 by Pat Wisher

A new Government is now in place in Guernsey, a new Environment Department and a commitment to bring back another Integrated Road Transport/Traffic Strategy within a year. This time it seems that the strategy must accommodate the fact that cars are essential to modern life. No one has ever said that cars are not useful […]

Growing concern over endocrine disrupting chemicals in daily life

May 11th, 2012 by European Environment Agency

Chemicals which disrupt the hormone system – also known as ‘endocrine disrupting chemicals‘ (EDCs) – may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers, diabetes and obesity, falling fertility, and an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals, according to a review of recent scientific literature commissioned by the […]

Small, locally-owned businesses contribute to health and well-being

February 7th, 2012 by Baylor University

Counties and parishes with a greater concentration of small, locally-owned businesses have healthier populations — with lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes — than do those that rely on large companies with “absentee” owners, according to a USA national study by sociologists at LSU and Baylor University. “What stands out about this research is […]

Significant health and economic benefits possible if bicycling replaces short car trips

November 4th, 2011 by University of Wisconsin Madison

Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study “Air Quality and Exercise-Related Health Benefits from Reduced Car Travel in the Midwestern United States” published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The biggest health benefit was due to replacing half […]

Researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York say how to reduce UK transport carbon emissions by 76 percent by 2050

August 29th, 2010 by Stockholm Environment Institute

Researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York have achieved a significant breakthrough in climate change policy by showing how to make drastic cuts in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from transport. The study and research paper, “Towards a Zero Carbon Vision for UK Transport“goes beyond the science and paints a picture of what a […]

Professor John Whitelegg, Professor of Sustainable Transport, speaks about the benefits of bicycling

July 29th, 2010 by Richard Lord

John Whitelegg is visiting Professor of Sustainable Transport at John Moores University in Liverpool and Professor of Sustainable Development at University of York‘s Stockholm Environment Institute. John Whitelegg is also MD of Eco-Logica Ltd., a transport consultancy based in Lancaster.  “If you are a car driver in Copenhagen you really are costing a lot […]

Maintaining control of Guernsey’s health care costs

July 16th, 2010 by Peter Roffey

With Health & Social  Services Department (HSSD) funding under huge stress some may question whether it’s worth spending money, every five years, on a major survey examining locals’ lifestyles, habits and state of health. Wouldn’t that cash be better spent on front line healthcare? The reality is quite the opposite. The tighter the money, the […]