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September 19, 2014
Walk, Don’t Drive!
Our daily commutes to work can significantly influence our mental state. Taking public transportation may be more beneficial than driving, researchers find. But ultimately an active commute—especially walking or bicycling—is the most beneficial for our emotional well-being, according to an expansive new study on the topic. “Our study shows that the longer people spend commuting in cars, the worse their psychological well-being,” says Adam Martin from the University of East Anglia. The study, just published in the journal Preventative Medicine, concludes that commuters with “active travel modes” are associated with higher rates of well-being than those who drive or use public transportation.
 
A Nation of Single People
 
The United States is a nation of singles. Single people make up just over half of all American adults for the first time since statistics have been collected, according to a study reported by Bloomberg last week. Singles make up more than half of the population in 27 of the 50 states. And the share of single adults ranges from a low of 43.7 percent to a high of 55.7 percent, as the map shows. College towns dominate the list of metros where singles make up the greatest share of the adult population.
 
University of Illinois Extension celebrates a century of serving Illinois communities this year. The anniversary commemorates the 1914 signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service to share land-grant university research with communities and provide practical information to farmers and homemakers. Today, University of Illinois Extension continues to provide educational services and research-based information aimed at making life better, healthier, safer and more prosperous for all Illinois residents and their communities. Dr. George Czapar, Associate Dean and Director of University of Illinois Extension and Outreach, shared how the statewide organization is starting the next 100 years with a new initiative. “As we move forward, we are working to broaden our approach to provide research-based information from the whole University,” Czapar said. “We want to raise awareness of Extension and use the Extension network around the state to spread a vast array of campus research and resources.”

 
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