ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
A Winning Strategy to Beat Spring Sporting Injuries
CANCER
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
CAREGIVING
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
Vitamin D Vital for the Heart
Eat Light - Live Longer
Fruit Even Healthier Than Thought: Study Shows
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
FITNESS
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu Fatality Rate a 'Little Bit' Higher Than That of Seasonal Flu
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Help Your Kids Stay Active
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
SENIORS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
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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.