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enhancing transportation across washington state

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health program released an info graphic last week showing the many connections between health and transportation.

"Better transportation options = healthier lives" provides a good sample of headlines and statistics outlining the role of transportation in the health of communities. Highlights include:

  • 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 percent with every additional mile spent in the car, and decreases 5 percent with every kilometer walked.
  • Lengthy commutes cost $100 billion each year in excess fuel costs and lost productivity.
  • For every dollar saved by moving to more affordable housing, 77 cents is spent on a longer commute to work.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been at the forefront of research into the connections between health and transportation. The Foundation also interviewed Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on this topic as part of a series of interviews with agency heads involved in the National Prevention Strategy.

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