Investment in smarter travel means better health for all

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With national debt high on the political agenda and the comprehensive spending review due in October [2010] isn’t it time we began making wiser investment decisions?
Our public space is dominated by roads full of cars, causing pollution and creating a physical environment that discourages walking and cycling. This, in turn, contributes to a variety of health conditions including obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, some cancers and mental health problems.
Our health budgets are burdened by the impact of obesity, with the economic implications weighing in at a substantial £49.9 billion by 2050. Promoting physical activity is now a public health priority. According to Department of Health figures, getting the nation more active could save every Primary Care Trust (PCT) an average of £5 million a year.
Should public money be spent on the treatment of sedentary lifestyle diseases? Or should investment in creating safe walking and c

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