The way our communities and neighborhoods are designed, we have eliminated incidental walking from the everyday lives of most Americans.

Currently, less than half of American children and adolescents get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Data from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) indicate that Tennessee has the third highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation.

Making streets and sidewalks safer, developing trails and bike lanes, and encouraging walking and biking to school can help children become more active overall and promote healthier weights.

However, the obesity epidemic is not limited to youth. More than 30 percent of all Tennessee adults are obese. Therefore, immediate action is needed...

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This editorial has excellent points that should be hammered home whenever debates take place with regard to building cycling and walking infrastructure.