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New Webinar: Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking and Walkability (January 11th, 2017)

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Title of Webinar: Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking and Walkability

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About this Webinar

The benefits of walking are many and widespread. From personal phsyical and mental health, to strengthening relationships and engaging community members, walking is a powerful tool. Learn how individuals and organizations are harnessing the power of walking to create lasting positive change. This webinar is intended for our advocates just getting started on the walking path as well as anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

Attendees will:

  • Expand their knowledge on the benefits of walking
  • Learn how walking can be used to build healthy individuals, communities and organizations
  • Explore what all is included in walking and walkability
About the Presenters

laura_fenn-crop2Laura Fenn, M.S. Ed, is the co-founder and executive director of The Walking Classroom, a nonprofit program designed to combine exercise and instruction. Fenn developed The Walking Classroom for her own fifth grade classroom as a response to the lack of opportunities for student activity during the school day.  An educator for over 15 years, she noticed a direct correlation between her students’ academic performance and the amount of physical activity they regularly had, and she came up with a way to get students the exercise they desperately needed without sacrificing instructional time.  The Walk, Listen and Learn program was an instant success in her classroom. Her students’ attitudes about exercise improved, as did their end-of-grade achievement scores, with her struggling students making the most noticeable gains.  Soon Fenn dedicated herself to writing and producing age-appropriate, national standards-aligned podcasts specially written and recorded for students, and today national award-winning Walking Classroom program is used by tens of thousands of students nationwide.

0183Priya Madrecki is the Senior Manager of Strategic Communications at KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play. In this role, she helps to lead thought leadership and communications efforts around national initiatives, including the Play Everywhere Challenge. Her work has helped to deepen media and thought partner relationships and broaden the impact KaBOOM! has in cities across North America.

Prior to KaBOOM!, Priya worked to develop nutrition and health policies at a DC think tank, focusing on reducing the childhood obesity epidemic and ensuring kids have healthy futures. Most recently, she managed Vibrant Streets, an initiative focused on urban revitalization through redeveloping blighted retail corridors that was named Urban Land Institute’s “Transformative Project” of 2015. Her passion is working at the intersection of health and the built environment, and particularly in working with kids to achieve healthy outcomes.

She has presented at a variety of venues, including DesignDC and International Economic Development Council; for the City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and, has been featured as a guest lecturer with Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning, the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning; and many others.

A graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in Politics and Urban Planning, Priya is an avid traveler and enjoys the outdoors, live music, cooking, and spending time with her family.

naudy-fullNaudy Martinez, KaBOOM! Senior Grants Program Manager, has worked with hundreds of organizations nationwide to customize and transform spaces that reflect the vision of the community through play.  She currently manages the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million grant program designed to inspire the transformation of everyday spaces into places for kids and families to play and thrive. Previously, she managed the nation’s largest Build it Yourself grant program designed to activate community-led playground projects using KaBOOM!’s vast array of tools and practices. Naudy also brings prior hands-on experience as a project manager, leading community-build playground construction projects across the US, Canada, and Mexico. Before coming to KaBOOM! she completed an AmeriCorps VISTA service year at an affordable housing non-profit where she worked as a neighborhood coordinator supporting revitalization projects  along with community outreach and development. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland and is inspired by the possibilities of using public space to create social equity and positive change in urban settings.

davidWalk With a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist who practices with Mount Carmel Clinical Cardiovascular Specialists at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville, OH, a suburb of Columbus.
Walk with a Doc is a free, unique, physician-led program that began in 2005 at a park in Westerville, OH, and has expanded to more than 270 sites around the US and in nine countries. Walk with a Doc is fortunate that the current US Surgeon General is using Walk with a Doc as the example for preventative health when he is addressing audiences. David is honored to have been named a CNN Hero for 2015.

David attended the University of Miami for undergrad; Medical College of Ohio for Medical School; and served his internship, residency, and fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center (O-H). He practices cardiology full-time for the Mount Carmel Health System. He absolutely loves Walk with a Doc and sees it as an important next step in care of our communities.

He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife Kirstin and two children, Ally and Charlie.