I enjoy a good infographic and NewPublicHealth has created an excellent one. As NewPublicHealth explains the infographic:
tells a visual story on the role of transportation in the health of our communities.
- Public transit users walk an average of 19 minutes getting to and from public transportation.
- Countries with lower rates of obesity tend to have higher rates of commuters who walk or bike to work.
- The risk of obesity increases 6% with every additional mile spent in the car, and decreases 5% with every kilometer walked.
- Lengthy commutes cost $100 billion each year in excess fuel costs and lost productivity.
- More than 30,000 people died in car wrecks in 2010.
- Strong seatbelt and child safety laws resulted in a 25% decrease in car accident deaths since 2005.
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