What if your local telephone booth was also an electric vehicle charging station? Or construction scaffolding became a fun place to sit down and eat lunch? Or a roadside billboard became a lush, air-cleaning bamboo garden?
Fighting Obesity: Trick or Treat? Ivanhoe Researchers reported that a malfunction in the gut's taste sensors may play a role in the development of obesity, and tricking those sensors into thinking the body has just eaten may be a promising strategy...
It's a given that America continues to be a car-obsessed society despite the more painstaking reality of driving a car in many major cities of today. In The New York Times, editor Allison Arieff of SPUR points out that the U.S.
In Urbanism Without Effort: Reconnecting with First Principles of the City my friend Chuck Wolfe posits that today’s city planners “underemphasize important cues from the rich backstory of urban history, including naturally occurring aspects of...
Currently, more than half the world's population now lives in cities, a percentage that is expected to rise to 70 per cent by 2030. Today, cities are already responsible for over 70% of global CO2 emissions, which means that ...
Every city, whether a major or growth market, has unique needs. One of those emerging needs is sustainability, which means meeting the needs of today's and future generations through a much-improved relationship with ...
I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and I came across a page promoting New York City’s new Citibike program. Scrolling through the comments I saw an incredible amount of anger towards the scheme.
I worry especially about eating at the workplace. After all, it's not like one has too much time over there. You're there 9 to 5, there's an hour for your lunch break, you end up eating really quick to make it back to the office in time, ...
Every day in this country about 10,000 people turn 65. And rather than basking in the sun in some pricey exotic locale, many of them are struggling to make ends meet. In 2011, the median income for people 65 and older was $27,707 for men and $15,362 for women. That same year, almost 3.6 million elderly people — nearly 1 in 10 — were living below the poverty line.
The recent recession hit baby boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, particularly hard.
Yet these realities do not have to presage a grim future. Just because the golden years aren’t what we were promised, that doesn’t mean we can’t create a more achievable image of retirement — a positive one that takes into account new opportunities to change people’s lives. In his book The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Dan Buettner studies communities with a significantly disproportionate number of centenarians. These “Blue Zones” exist in diverse cultures — from Okinawa, Japan, to Sardinia, Italy, to Loma Linda, California — but almost all of the centenarians share one characteristic: They are not just alive, they are living.
Throughout his book, Buettner shows the benefits of continued purposeful engagement, whether through work, volunteering, strong social connections, or involvement in a faith-based community. In these “Blue Zones,” older farmers still farm, older physicians still practice medicine, and older parents help care for later generations. These aren’t people who chase youth in the gym; they live in environments where physical activity is built into everyday life. Maybe most important, older adults in these communities aren’t shuffled to the side and ignored; they are respected and treated as learned advisers and mentors. All of this purposeful engagement correlates with longer life and better health.
People with high blood pressure who used an at-home monitor and had regular phone calls with their pharmacist kept their numbers in check better than those receiving standard care, in a new study.
One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Only about half of them have successfully used medication and lifestyle changes to get their numbers into the recommended range to prevent heart problems - less than 140/90 or less than 130/80 for those with diabetes or kidney disease.
So researchers have been looking for new and inexpensive ways to encourage people with hypertension to stick to their medication regimen.
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