Apr 4 2012
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Public Health News Roundup: April 4

Today is National Walking Day

Research from the American Heart Association finds that an hour of walking can increase life expectancy by two hours. That's a good reason to look at resources released today on National Walking Day, including a map of walking paths in the United States, which is updated regularly.

Walking May Reduce Fatigue in Cancer Patients

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons found that patients who set a walking regimen following surgery for pancreatic surgery were less fatigued than patients who had the same surgery but didn't walk regularly.

Almost 200 New Parks Opened Last Year in the United States

Using local and Interior Department funding, states opened 198 new parks last year.

  • The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department acquired 17, 639 acres of Devils River Ranch at the confluence of the Devils River and Amistad Reservoir. Recreational opportunities range from remote wilderness activities to “family-friendly” river access for fishing, hunting and paddling.
  • The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, built a special playground for children of all abilities, including physical, visual and mental accessibility.

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