Residents of walkable neighborhoods who have good access to recreation facilities are more likely to be physically active and less likely to be overweight or obese. One study concluded that residents of easily (high) walkable neighborhoods get an extra 70 minutes of physical activity each week and are 2.4 times more likely to meet physical activity recommendations than residents that live in not very (low) walkable neighborhoods. However, less than a third of California adults reported participating in vigorous physical activity at least three times per week. Therefore, creating safe and inviting areas to walk and bike through and ensuring that recreational facilities are accessible may increase physical activity levels and improve the well-being of the entire family.
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