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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Is Walking In Your Neighborhood Safe At Night?

Health researchers have found that residents, especially women, who live in low income housing in neighborhoods considered unsafe at night, are less physically active than those who live in safer neighborhoods. In addition, the study, conducted in the Boston area, found that feeling unsafe may also diminish confidence in the ability of residents to become physically active. Researches recommended further study.

Safe to Walk? Neighborhood Safety and Physical Activity among Public Housing Residents. Bennett GG, McNeill LH, Wolin KY, Duncan DT, Puleo E, Emmons KM; Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

So do you feel safe to walk at night in your neighborhood? If not, is it because of the potential of becoming a crime victim or because your sidewalks are too scary to navigate in the dark?

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