New LA County law designed to reduce obesity 

Taking aim at obesity with wider sidewalks may draw snickers.

But Los Angeles County supervisors say a law approved on Tuesday is designed to promote exercise and make it easier to start community gardens for healthy eating.

The law requires new developments in unincorporated areas to have expanded five-foot sidewalk widths and bicycle parking, among other things.

Officials say wider sidewalks are designed for a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment.

Health Department obesity prevention director Suzanne Bogert tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/xuqlxz ) that the proper environment is needed to support anti-obesity and healthy eating programs.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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