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Oct
18

Building Effective Coalitions for Racial Equity

Last month, a group of around 500 people and I participated in a webinar covering the launch of the fearlessly groundbreaking Walking Towards Justice Series. It was organized by America ...

Sep
13

Community Health and Climate Change: Local Strategies Can Address Both

The American Public Health Association (APHA) declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. And, fittingly, September was designated Extreme Weather Month. As Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and South ...

Aug
30

Creating Safe, Active, and Healthy Communities Through Walkability

At America Walks, we know that the benefits of walking extend well beyond health. Everything from familial relationships and community engagement to local economies and environments improve ...

Apr
03

Street Harassment Is an Overlooked Barrier to Walking, Biking, and Physical Activity

Everyone should have the opportunity to walk, bike, and be physically active in their community. When we talk about barriers to walking and biking, we often think about elements of ...

Oct
13

Measuring Walking Access to Parks

The US Surgeon General’s 2015 report Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities notes that just 22 minutes a day of physical ...

Sep
29

Commemorating the Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

In September 2015, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy launched Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The Call ...

May
11

Atlanta’s BeltLine: So Much More than a Walkway

"Tony Comes Home" by William Massey is one of the many BeltLine art installments. Massey called on the community to help him gather found objects that make up this magnificent ...

Dec
02

Active Aging Builds Social Connections: Q&A with Dan Burden

As a member of Active Living By Design’s (ALBD’s) inaugural National Advisory Committee (NAC) from 2002-2005, Dan Burden helped us understand what it takes to create activity-friendly communities for everyone. ...

Nov
13

Where Safe Routes Are Most Needed

If you’ve read our blog recently, or if you’ve been paying attention to healthy communities media streams in our world, you know about a renewed national push to ...

Sep
16

Let’s #StepItUp for Children

Last week, the U.S. Surgeon General called on our nation to better support walking and walkability as a fundamental health strategy. Speakers noted that walking is a basic human right ...

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