Study Finds Kids in Walkable Neighborhoods More Active and other Health GIS News
University of California, Berkeley researchers did a study to determine if neighborhood designs with mixed land use, walkable neighborhoods, compact housing, and green space could impact child health. They measured the activity levels of children in a smart growth community and compared them to activity levels of children in conventional suburban communities in California. The kids wore GPS recievers and accelerometers devices for a week. Bottom line:
After analyzing the results, researchers noted one significant difference: Kids in the smart growth neighborhood showed local activity levels that were 46% higher than those of kids who resided in the ticky-tacky Chino suburbs' rows upon rows of post-war housing.
John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, has announced that FAZD has received $2 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to develop a disease-surveillance technology designed to protect US animal agriculture from potentially catastrophic outbreaks of infectious pathogens. The project has the potential for a total $9 million investment over a three-year period.