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Healthier thanks to Oosterpark

27 December 2006 – Among residents of the Boerhavebuurt, obesity is relatively rare. Researchers think this may have something to do with the vicinity of the Oosterpark.

Residents of the Boerhavebuurt more often walk or ride a bicycle when doing their groceries or going to work than residents of the Van der Pekbuurt in north Amsterdam or de Punt and the SuHa neighbourhoods in Osdorp. They also go to the park more often. These differences cannot be explained by factors such as age, ethnicity, sex, education and sports activities.

Researchers of the Architekten Cie. think the difference may be related to characteristics of the neighbourhood. In the Boerhavebuurt there are relatively few parking places, reducing the use of cars. Residents can do without cars because there are many shops nearby. The vicinity of a park would also stimulate physical exercise.

The researchers conclude that a physical exercise friendly neighbourhood can most easily be realised in a neighbourhood with high population density, because shops have sufficient clients here to survive. They want to investigate how physical exercise can be stimulated in suburban neighbourhoods.

Source: Marianne Bronkhorst en Menno Moerman, Minder overgewicht in klassieke stadswijken. Agora 2006/5.


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