Making The Case For Stakeholders
Scientific evidence can help collaborations or coalitions make the case about the need for and efficacy of strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in their communities, especially for those strategies whose health outcomes are not often immediate.
Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
The use of public transportation is one way to achieve the recommended level of daily physical activity for youth and adults. Improving access to public transportation is likely to increase opportunities for physical activity.
Improving access to public transportation is likely to increase opportunities for physical activity by enabling people to walk to and from the transit stop. This can help populations at high risk for obesity, particularly underserved populations, achieve the recommended level of daily physical activity. It has been shown that commuters who used a light rail system to travel to/from work had a lower risk of becoming obese. Another study found that university students with increased access to public transportation, through a free transit pass from the university, increased their use of public transportation for school and nonschool trips. Increased use of public transportation also reduces individual vehicle trips and related emission, potentially magnifying the positive impact on health.
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