How You Can Make Your Town Safe and Walkable for All

All Sarah Clark Stuart wanted was for her family to be able to safely access the Schuylkill River Trail, just across the tracks from the Philadelphia neighborhood where she lived. But the passing of freight trains made the crossing unsafe, especially for her then-young children, and also for the many older adults who lived nearby. For them, the trail was an invaluable place to exercise or safely travel by foot or bicycle. It also built a sense of community. But …

Leg Pain When Walking? Take Aspirin, Walk More, Study Shows

People whose legs ache when they walk because of blocked leg arteries can get just as much relief — if not more — by taking a low-dose aspirin instead of Plavix and taking daily walks. Leg cramps and pain are classic symptoms of blocked or poor blood flow — officially called Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD. PAD affects some 8 million Americans, including an estimated 12 to 20 percent of those over age 65. Because those with PAD are at …

The Takeaway: Changes In Walk Precede Alzheimer’s Disease

Something in the way you move could be an early indicator of cognitive impairment. Five studies presented at an international Alzheimer’s Association conference this month show that a person’s gait becoming slower, less controlled or more variable is often a sign of concurrent problems with thinking skills such as memory, processing info or planning and carrying out activities.

Two Outstanding Doctors: Your Right and Left Legs

I first met Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist in Ohio, a few years ago. A small reference in Cooking Light magazine to his upstart walking program in Lewis Center, Ohio, piqued my interest. When I contacted Dr. Sabgir, I learned that every Saturday at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine, he heads out on a walk at Highbanks Metropolitan Park in Lewis Center, Ohio, with 175 to 200 patients, neighbors, friends and family members. Frustration triggered the start of Dr. …

5 Things That Make Your Town Walkable

People worldwide want to live in a town/city that is walkable. Places that seek to become more walkable and livable – everyplace from Maui to Abu Dhabi, where the prince has declared that he wants his city to become one of the five most livable in the world-must invest in the features that make it happen. But what are these features? I’ve picked five that some cities are bringing back.

Have you taken a walk today?

If not, you should think about getting up and doing so. I came across this blog post from the LA Times today reporting on a study published yesterday by the Journal of Neurology. The study showed that not only does walking improve physical health (we all knew that part, right?), but it may also help to maintain cognitive function and memory for years! The study followed 299 men and women with an average age of 78 over a period of …