Nurse’s Notes: Alternative transit has benefits (Missoulian)

Riding the bus has become one of my most enjoyable habits. As I think about why I ride the bus, the benefits fall into the four categories of physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.

Common sense and numerous studies identify both the positive physical and mental benefits of people living in transit-served areas and taking advantage of walking, riding a bike, carpooling or taking the bus. Studies in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that body mass index ratings tend to decline significantly with greater use of mass transportation. The availability of good public transportation, sidewalks and bike paths can increase opportunities for physical activity and thus improve overall health.

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