Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Good News Wednesday XXVII: Green Is Good

Great news for those of you surrounded by trees. As if being surrounded by trees was not a great thing in itself. Your kids (or you, dear reader, if you are a kid) have less chance of becoming fat. Via or favorite science site,
Childhood obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes, asthma, hypertension, sleep apnea and emotional distress. Obese children and youth are likely to be obese as adults, experience more cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke and incur higher healthcare costs. In an article published in the December 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers report that children living in inner city neighborhoods with higher "greenness" experienced lower weight gains compared to those in areas with less green space. (

Now if we could only convince those kids to put down their Call of Duty IV or Halo 15 or Rock Band and GO OUTSIDE. (and while there, please remember to look up more)
Happy Wednesday.

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