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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Save the Planet…and Your Health!

Published November 14, 2007 1:08 PM by Elizabeth Puliti

A recent article on CNN suggested that the American obesity epidemic and global warming may have more in common than you'd think. According to the article, "public health experts suggest people can attack them both by cutting calories and carbon dioxide at the same time."

How do you do it? Easy. Walk or bike instead of drive.

One scientist estimated that if all Americans between 10 and 74 walked a half hour a day instead of driving, they'd cut annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 64 million tons, save 6.5 billion gallons of gasoline and shed more than 3 billion pounds overall. 

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association plan on promoting the dual benefits of combating global warming and obesity through exercise.

Although the benefits are great, changing habits is hard to do. Many people won't willingly walk or bike to the store instead of drive.

Do you think linking obesity and global warming is a creative way to get people moving?

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