Study: Building walkable communities can change behavior for the better

It’s not unusual for studies on community walkability to face the perplexing question of self-selection. In other words, people who already like to walk end up moving to walkable communities and so those communities naturally have higher physical activity rates. In even simpler terms, it’s about the person, not the environment. However, a new study finds that walkable community design does influence healthy behavior — even among people with no preference for walking in the first place.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:45+00:00 January 30th, 2015|1 Comment

Occupational Health News Roundup

Exploring the Uberization of work; big retailers fight new OSHA injury reporting rule; Congress members introduce paid leave for federal workers; and John Boehner inadvertently makes the case for a minimum wage increase.

By | 2018-01-14T18:03:37+00:00 January 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

McDonald's ruling could be a major turning point for the fast food worker movement; federal commission clarifies rules for pregnant workers; miners with black lung may have been wrongly denied benefits; and a new OSHA whistleblower partnership is launched to support commercial carrier workers.

By | 2018-01-22T20:27:39+00:00 July 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Close to home: State worker fatality reports chronicle local stories

In New York, construction is the deadliest industry, with immigrant workers experiencing half of all occupational-related fatalities. In Massachusetts in 2013, it’s estimated that upward of 500 workers died from occupational disease, at least 1,800 were diagnosed with cancers associated with workplace exposures and 50,000 workers experienced serious injury. In Wyoming, workplace deaths climbed to a five-year high in 2012.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:57+00:00 May 9th, 2014|1 Comment