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In Larry Frank's time at Atlanta's Georgia Institute of Technology, his expertise in city planning lodged him in the middle of research that quickly expanded to consider not only better transportation design but the relationship between human health and cities. The answers connected sprawl and cars to obesity and declared that neighbourhoods where people walked more often were home to healthier citizens. <p>"The animosity [from entrenched civic leaders]was really quite profound," said Prof. Frank, now at University of British Columbia. "I was proving their decisions were a disaster." </p><p>As cities work for change, the pace is still largely slow at senior levels of government. Ottawa in March put up some small dollars, $1.7-million over three years for three research studies, work that will hopefully lead to "improved community design, more active lifestyles, and increased access to healthy food choices," according to Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq. </p><p>Meanwhile, cities act. </p>

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