ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
CANCER
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
DIET, NUTRITION
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
EPA Alerts Seniors to Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
EYE CARE, VISION
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
FITNESS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Dr Churchill & Ashley Pelton Interview 1 of 4
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Help Your Kids Stay Active
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
The Unmedicated Mind
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
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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.