Per our discussion, here is the information. Please forward it to the
appropriate person in the organization.
An organization by the name of "Sprawlwatch" has issued a report (at
http://www.sprawlwatch.org/health.pdf), which is authored by two CDC
doctors. The report deals with the purported health impacts of sprawl and is
being marketed by the Sierra Club as a CDC report.
"the Sierra Club
released a report today by the Centers for Disease Control "
Please see the following email.
Moreover, the cover of the report is produced in such a manner as to lead to
the conclusion that CDC was a sponsor of this report.
I might also say that the research, at least as it relates to the trends of
auto use and air pollution, is considerably less than robust. Further, to
link increased asthma to auto air pollution when auto air pollution has been
dropping rapidly undermines the credibility of the report.
It would seem useful for CDC to make it clear that it neither sponsored nor
sanctioned this report.
Thank you for your consideration.
Excerpt from Sierra Club e-mail (2001-11-02)
 SPRAWL: Centers for Disease Control Report Documents Health Effects of
As if we didn't have enough reasons to oppose sprawl, the Sierra Club
released a report today by the Centers for Disease Control that links
sprawling communities to a host of public health problems. According to the
health experts who wrote the report, sprawling development has led to a
rise in asthma, obesity and pedestrian-auto traffic accidents.
They attribute these correlations to the fact that Americans who live in
suburban sprawl are dependent on their cars for transportation. This
dependence on cars increases the pollution that triggers respiratory
disease and discourages daily walking that can help keep people fit.
The authors conclude that urban planners must take public health into
consideration, and plan communities around people, not cars. In other
words, those sprawl folks over at Sierra Club? They ain't lyin'!