A new study shows long commutes contribute to health issues. What are the commutes like in your area?
From USAToday: "A study published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the longer people drive to work, the more likely they are to have poor cardiovascular health.
" 'This is the first study to show that people who commute long distances to work were less fit, weighed more, were less physically active and had higher blood pressure,' said Christine M. Hoehner, a public health professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the study's lead author. 'All those are strong predictors of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.' "
The New York area has the longest average commute, clocking in at 35 minutes. Great Falls, Montana, has the shortest average commute.
What are the commutes like for residents in your community? Suburban Life Publications, GateHouse papers that cover communities in the greater Chicago area, are taking a deep dive into the issue.