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A Thank You to Dr. Vivek Murthy

The path to a healthy, active, and walkable America, is created by passionate walking champions working tirelessly to promote a culture of health. America Walks would like to take a moment to thank one such walking champion, and a friend to the walking movement, Dr. Vivek Murthy. As he leaves his post as US Surgeon General, we cannot forget the commitment he made to promote walking as a national priority.

Many within our network will know that Dr. Murthy was in office at the time the Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities was released, a set of goals and resources that worked to bring together multiple sectors around the idea that the path to a healthy life can begin with a single step. This Call to Action made walking a national priority, urged government and organizations to put resources to promoting walkable communities, and called for expanded data and research into the growing walking movement.

What some might not know is the work and passion he put into not only the creation of this document, but that mission itself. Dr. Murthy traveled across the US, speaking and walking with community advocates, health and transit professionals. He and his staff were supporters, inspiration and valuable resources to America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative as we work to make America a great place to walk.

As America’s doctor, Dr. Murthy prescribed communities across the US with its most valuable prescription—a reminder to walk and be physically active. We would like to thank him, and his staff, for their leadership and support and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.