Rethinking transportation would greatly improve the health of Americans

Long commutes and sedentary lifestyles are damaging to personal and public health, but while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating a healthier United States, our transportation network itself can serve as preventive healthcare.

The United States spends more money on healthcare than any other country. In 2016, total healthcare spending exceeded $3.3 trillion dollars – a whopping 17.9 percent of the gross domestic product. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of the nation’s total healthcare costs come from chronic but largely preventable diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

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