The ciclovia: An idea that comes out of Bogotá, Colombia, where exercise is taken into the streets. At certain times on designated days, a number of main streets of Bogotá, and other municipalities are blocked off to cars for the exclusive use of runners, skaters, and bicyclists. Stages are set up in parks, and aerobics instructors, yoga teachers and musicians lead people through various physical activities.
This is one way communities can help their people get more physically active, says researcher Gregory Heath from the University of Tennessee.
Heath is a contributing researcher for The Lancet’s latest study on the level of physical activity of different countries’ populations. Researchers say physical inactivity is to blame for 1 out of 10 deaths globally, about the same rate as deaths caused by smoking. More.
(Photo: A ciclovia in Bogotá. By MacAllenBrothers/Wikipedia)