America's Obesity Crisis:Exercise: The Walking Cure

Car-centric city sprawl adds to weight gain, so a movement is afoot to put us within walking distance

In Columbia, Mo., a lot of people are trying--really trying--to get their neighbors biking and walking. In case you haven't heard, exercise has many advantages. For anyone trying to keep off weight, the simple activity of putting one foot in front of another is surprisingly useful. So in mid-May, Mayor Darwin Hindman, who at 71 still bikes to work, kicked off Bike, Walk and Wheel Week to coax residents to commute and shop without cars. Mayor Hindman and local Congressman Kenny Hulshof led dozens of cyclists on a 4-mile ride. A week later, volunteers were serving breakfast all over town for...

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