Physical activity is an integral part to overall heart and brain health. The American Heart Association recommends that adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of accumulated moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity physical activity. Kids and teens should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. To ensure everyone has access to safe places to be active and access to ways to get to the places where they need to be such as work, school, libraries, grocery stores and medical facilities, we need investments in bike lanes, walking paths, first/last mile to transit stops and increased access to public transit in the neighborhoods that need it most.
The AHA supports the efforts to increase access to active/healthy transportation funding at all level's government. In line with those efforts, we support the active transportation increases in the Metro region without endorsing the specific method of taxation. We believe that employers will ultimately benefit from increased funding for active transportation both through having a healthier workforce and by having a broader base of potential employees to draw from with increased access to public transit.
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