CHARLOTTE, NC - Increasing ridership while decreasing your waistline. CATS is preparing a campaign to highlight a recent study – a study that shows you can drop a few pounds and keep weight off by riding the light rail.
This summer, The Journal of Preventative Medicine published a study on Charlotte’s Lynx Light Rail. Their research found riding the blue line led to an average weight loss of around 6 ½ pounds, and that Light Rail users are 81% less likely to be obese over time. Researchers say that’s because walking to and from your stop is part of a more physically active lifestyle.
“We plan to highlight that more and more during the year and try to find some health partners to co-promote with – the benefits of public transit from a health perspective,” said Olaf Kinard, Director of Marketing for CATS.
Participants in the study were tracked between 2006 and 2007. Researchers calculated body mass index, obesity, and physical fitness levels.
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