Using buses 'keeps older adults healthy'

Posted on 14 September 2011

Older people choosing a care home who use buses to get around may be healthier than those who do not opt for public transport, research has shown.

A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that free bus passes for the elderly could stave off obesity, which can lead to a number of health issues.

Richard Hebditch, Campaign for Better Transport's campaigns director, commented: "Concessionary passes support older people to live independently, get out and about when they want to and keep active.

"One of the changes in lifestyles over recent decades that has helped account for the rise in obesity is the decline in the amount of physical activity, and part of that is declining distance walked."

This follows research from Greener Journeys, which found that taking a journey by bus can help to achieve half of the government's recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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