Children Healthier In Smart-Growth Communities

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The residents of One Loudoun have even more to smile about: Children get more exercise and tend to be healthier in mixed-use communities like ours. A recent study conducted by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine measured the activity level of children who live in mixed-used communities versus children who live in conventional neighborhoods. Those who reside in communities like One Loudoun got an average of ten extra minutes of exercise daily. Michael Jerrett, leading author on the study and professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, says that he and his colleagues “were surprised by the size of the effect.”

Ten minutes might not seem like enough to make a difference, but it quickly adds up. Over the course of a year, that’s over two and half days of “moderate to vigorous physical activity” for each child. Mixed-use communities, by nature, provide plenty of play and ‘green’ space, which allows for more exploration and recreation. These neighborhoods also encourage residents to walk instead of drive, with paths and sidewalks leading to their recreational destinations.

Studies like this one show why living in a walkable and convenient community, like One Loudoun, is the better choice when home shopping. The benefits for you and your family are incredible and truly impressive. And kids aren’t the only ones with an uptick in activity: parents will be getting more exercise just by walking to baseball games, going downtown, or strolling to work in the morning.

Not surprisingly, smart-growth communities are also better for the environment. Living in a walkable community that also provides travel alternatives like buses and public transit can reduce greenhouse gas and improve air quality. So not only is living in One Loudoun good for you and your kids, but the environment too!

This news comes at a perfect time, as the real estate market continues to pick up and improve. Millions of Americans are regaining balance of their financials and investing their money wisely. If you’re looking to move into a new home that’s worth every cent, then One Loudoun is the best choice for you and your family. With an abundance of green space to keep you in touch with nature and a central park that will soon be teeming with activity, you couldn’t imagine living an active life anywhere else!

Source: The National Association of Realtors