Walkable cities reduce blood pressure and hypertension risk: Study, World News & Top Stories

“With the increasing pace of urbanisation and demographic shifts towards an ageing population, we become more vulnerable to chronic diseases,” said Dr Chinmoy Sarkar, an assistant professor at the Healthy High Density Cities Lab of the University of Hong Kong and lead author of the study.

“Public health interventions must consider the intangible value of urban planning and design.

FORESIGHT

We are spending billions of pounds in preventing and curing cardiovascular diseases – if we are able to invest in creating healthy cities through small retrofits in the design of our neighbourhoods to make them more activity-friendly and walkable, then probably, we will have significant savings in future healthcare expenditures.

DR CHINMOY SARKAR, an assistant professor at the Healthy High Density Cities Lab of the University of Hong Kong and lead author of the study.

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