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New Webinar: Exploring the Great Outdoors (April 12, 2017)

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Webinar Title: Exploring the Great Outdoors

Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, April 12th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar

The outdoors offers beautiful places to walk and be physically active. How can we work with our friends and allies to make sure every person has the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of being in nature?

Join America Walks for our webinar “Exploring the Great Outdoors” on April 12th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific as we hear from some of our partners on tools, resources and work being done to make sure every community member has safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to be physically active outside. 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:

  • Learn about the many benefits that come from walking and being physically active outdoors 
  • Hear about some of the resources, techniques, and current best practices available to create active outdoor spaces 
  • Explore work being done by organizations and communities across the US to bring the power of nature to all community members
About the Presenters

Rachel head shotRachel Banner is a Health Program Manager with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), dedicated to promoting healthy active communities.  At NRPA she directs the Safe Routes to Parks initiative and is integral in the development of the broader health and wellness portfolio. She received her Masters of Public Health from Tufts University with a concentration on health equity, chronic disease prevention, and the built environment and she worked with ChildObesity180 to conduct research for their Restaurant Initiative. Prior to receiving her Masters, Rachel promoted healthy lifestyles in many diverse communities around the country and abroad. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Elon University where she earned her degree in exercise science.

Chris hikingChris Englert, an America Walks Walking College Fellow and Walk2Connect Walking Movement Leader, believes walking is the platform for life. Volunteered into wanderlusting at age 5, she’s traveled all 50 US states and 52 countries. Although she moved to Denver in 2013, she has quickly become an expert on Denver’s urban hikes, walking all of its major trails and all 78 Denver neighborhoods, plus the surrounding neighborhoods. Chris shares her love of walking while traveling via blogs, books, and presentations. A natural storyteller, she invites you along as she explores Denver and the world, one walk at a time. You can find her in social media as @urbanhikingDEN and @EatWalkLearn.

Untitled1Thomas D. Treharne, AICP, is the Planning and Development Director for the City of Marion, Iowa; graduating from Iowa State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning, Thomas is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has previously held Board positions with the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Always an advocate for the environment and very fond of the outdoors Thomas has become interested in re-greening cities and the concept of Biophilic Design and Urban Ecology. Most recently, he has been working with the Linn County Coalition for Healthy Iowa Communities to complete the Active Living Guidebook for the City of Marion. The project, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and administrated by the American Planning Association, was one of 17 Plan4Health Grants awarded nationally in 2015.