ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
CANCER
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
CAREGIVING
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Holistic Dentistry-My View
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
DIET, NUTRITION
Iced Teas Pose High Risk of Kidney Stones
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
The Food Irradiation Story
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
FITNESS
Fliers Can Keep Blood Clots at Bay
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
Health Gains From Lowered Smoking Rates in Jeopardy
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
SENIORS
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving

(HealthDay News) -- Simple measures such as starting a walking group or creating pedestrian-friendly routes can encourage people to walk more, a new study has found.

At a multicultural housing site in Seattle, researchers implemented and evaluated several interventions meant to increase residents' walking, including sponsoring walking groups, improving walking routes, offering information about walking options and advocating for pedestrian safety.

After the measures were implemented, self-reported walking among walking group members increased from 65 minutes to 108 minutes a day, according to the study published online Nov. 4 in the American Journal of Public Health.

"The built environment influences opportunities for physical activity through access to trails, parks, recreation centers and walkable streets, as does the social environment, such as having opportunities to walk with others," the researchers wrote.

Community design should take into account ways to encourage walking, the study authors noted, and interventions to change people's behavioral habits need to be considered.