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Equity Starts With Engaging Communities

Equity Starts With Engaging Communities and Responding To Concerns by Mike Bulger, Healthy Communities Project Coordinator, Common Ground Health, Rochester, NY Although there is some public awareness of the higher rates of chronic disease and greater barriers to advancement that affect low-income Americans, we hear less often about how neighborhood environments are at the root of so much of the country's ... Read More »

“Open exchange of ideas around the challenges of creating walking communities”

Professional conferences can be simultaneously eye-opening and frustrating, uplifting and dispiriting, motivational and inert. Why? Because conferences are full of amazing ideas. Ideas that have found success. Ideas that you would love to implement. Ideas that would likely never make it off the ground in your business, organization, location, etc. I recently had the pleasure of attending the America Walks, ... Read More »

“I have to admit, I was in the right place.”

The National Walking Summit was simply a great conference. Upon arriving in Minnesota, I took my first day to the streets and explored the area by foot, getting familiar with the amazing walkability and transportation of the area. My first stop was Raspberry Island which was a great park like area. Now jumping to the actual conference, I started my ... Read More »

“The National Walking Summit was such an inspiration and a motivating tool”

National Walking Summit – St. Paul, MN September 12 – 15, 2017 I attended the National Walking Summit in St. Paul, MN September 12th-15th.  First of all, I was able to attend the summit thanks to the travel scholarship opportunity that the National Physical Activity Society provided.  I am the Executive Director for a health and wellness coalition in Kansas ... Read More »

“The panicky feeling is gone”

Working in a small, rural health department in Northwest Montana comes with many challenges and job responsibilities.  Like many others, included in my job description is ….. ‘all other duties as assigned’.  Often designated funding is not available to support full time positions focused on particular public health issues such as walkability, Safe Routes to School, built environments, etc.  Often ... Read More »

Always Something Exciting at The National Walking Summit

By Mary Michaels, Public Health Prevention Coordinator, Sioux Falls Health Department, Sioux Falls, SD Thanks to the generous support of the National Physical Activity Society, I had the pleasure of attending the recent National Walking Summit in St. Paul, Minnesota. In my good fortune, I have now attended all three Summits, and each one had its own air of excitement. ... Read More »

“I wanted to use this time to learn as much as I could on walkability in small town and rural environments.”

Matt Coleman Primary Prevention Coordinator Tennessee Department of Health The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is committed to accelerating our progress in health in Tennessee.  Our nation is suffering from an epidemic of chronic disease, a preventable epidemic enabled by the places, spaces, and choices that challenge our health on a daily basis.  This is the health crisis of our ... Read More »

Announcing Scholars to the National Walking Summit

NPAS received 29 applications in a very competitive process for scholarships to attend the National Walking Summit in September in St Paul, Minnesota. With some scholars covering parts of their own travel, we were able to stretch our resources to allow for seven NPAS scholarshipees. You'll be hearing about their adventures at the National Walking Summit, as part of their scholarship requirements ... Read More »

How much PA should adults get?

How do you communicate Physical Activity Guidelines? At the mid-July advisory committee meeting for the forthcoming 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, this topic of interpreting and describing the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (key findings at bottom of page) arose. Aside from the issue that the notion of 3 days a week of aerobic exercise is still out there, ... Read More »

Let’s Talk about the Weather

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Let’s talk about the weather. In designing physical activity interventions -- or even personal plans -- outdoor conditions are more than just small talk. Northern states in many months must consider snow pile on sidewalks, dangerously low temperatures, and impossibility of bicycling. Some larger places like Minneapolis have interconnected covered walking systems that allow freedom of movement without concern for ... Read More »

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