Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 22, 2014

Statistics show need for active living

During an April 10 Active Living Workshop in Batesville, organizers Zia Brucaya, Indiana Complete Streets Coalition coordinator with the nonprofit Health by Design; Lindsey Bouza, Indiana State Department of Health Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity wellness and physical activity coordinator; and Pete Fritz, ISDH healthy communities planner, detailed why getting Hoosiers to move and upgrading streets for walkers and bicyclists will improve health and safety.

• Seventy-two percent of U.S. trips one mile or less are driven. “Those are absolutely walkable and bikeable trips,” Brucaya stressed.

• Indiana phone surveys in 2011-12 showed 34.1 percent of Hoosiers were overweight and 31.4 percent obese, about two-thirds of the state’s adult population. Only 46 percent of adult Hoosiers met moderate physical activity goals and just 17 percent met both aerobic and muscle strengthening recommendations.

• The aim for kids is to be active one hour on all seven days. A 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey taken by high school students detailed physical activity: no days, 15.9 percent; one to four days, 40.7 percent; five to six days, 19.3 percent; seven days, 24.2 percent.

• For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (two and a half hours) a week of moderate intensity aerobic activity, such as walking, light jogging or riding a stationary bike. Preferably, it should be spread throughout the week. Another option is 75 minutes weekly of vigorous intensity aerobic activity, such as sprinting or biking, or a combination of moderate and vigorous. “If you’re trying to lose weight,” the length of time should be doubled.

• “We have seen a sharp decline in the state” in walking and cycling to school. In 1969, 48 percent did, way higher than today’s 13 percent in Indiana.

• Sixty-six percent of Americans want more transportation options. The average annual cost of owning a car is $9,000 vs. $308 for a bike.

• Homes with higher Walk Scores (a tool based on nearby destinations) sell for $4,000 to $34,000 more, according to a CEOs for Cities report called “Walking the Walk.” In Indianapolis, homes sell for an average of 11 percent more per half mile closer to the Monon Trail.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

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