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Below, please find the latest news, press releases and other media available on America Walks and the commitment to making America a great place to walk.

What’s New

August 16, 2017- America Walks Executive Director Shares New Jersey’s Walking Path
In a new blog post, Kate Kraft highlights work being done in her home state of New Jersey to embrace walkability, including Complete Streets policies, new design guidelines, and more. Read the post here. 

August 11, 2017- America Walks Launches New Walking Towards Justice Webinar Series
Too often discussions in walking and walkability happen without the benefit of historical facts, community precedents and cultural awareness. This unfortunately results in a lack of knowledge and understanding in the systematic and socially-constructed creation of past and present inequalities in neighborhood walkability—particularly in low-income and communities of colors. America Walks is looking to change that with our new Walking Towards Justice webinar series. Learn more and register for the first episode here. 

August 9, 2017- America Walks Releases Report on Every Body Walk! Micro Grantees
We are proud to report that the recipients of our second round of Micro Grant funding are showing how transformational seemingly small steps can be. Maps, murals, simple signage, and walking groups, among other endeavors, accomplished for relatively little cost, are adding up to big results for the 22 organizations that received funding in 2016. Read the report here. 

August 8, 2017- America Walks to Co-Host New Jersey Inclusive Health Training
Inclusive communities provide individuals with disabilities equal access to, and opportunities for, healthy living. This can be achieved by implementing policy, systems, and environmental changes that increase access to physical activity, healthful food, and healthy weight management initiatives. Read more here. 

August 5, 2017- Meet Our New Board Member- Laura Shipman
America Walks is excited to welcome Laura Shipman as our newest board member. Learn more about her work to promote walking and walkability.

July 26, 2017- America Walks Statement on the NTSB Report
America Walks commends the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on its leadership to explore a topic that is of critical importance—keeping all roadway users safe by reducing speeds. Pedestrians account for the largest proportion of traffic fatalities and research has continuously shown that reducing speeds dramatically increases safety for all. Read more here.

July 25, 2017- America Walks Speaks at Main Street America Event
Ian Thomas spoke today at a national convening titled “The Convergence of Health, Place, and the Economy: Creating an Action Agenda for Rural Main Streets” hosted by the Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America.  He discussed outcomes from America Walks’ CDC-funded State Collaborative Workshops on Walkability series and described a model main street revitalization project in Batesville, AR.  Learn more here.

July 24, 2017- America Walks Communications Specialist Experiences Walkability Challenges in Houston
On a recent trip to Houston, TX, Emilie Bahr saw firsthand some of the challenges facing people who walk and bike. Read more about her experiences here.

July 3, 2017- America Walks Commits to #PlayonJuly
We are celebrating all of the great benefits that come with walking and playing outside this month as part of NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month. Join the conversation with #PlayonJuly. 

June 28, 2017- Meet Our Newest Board Member
Meet our newest board member, Sonia Jimenez. Sonia’s interest in promoting the need for more walkable communities comes from the understanding that walking as active transportation promotes community, health, sustainability, and an overall better quality of life. Read more about her background here.

June 27, 2017- Explore the Positive Power of Walking
In our latest article, we explore the many benefits that come with walking that extend well beyond individual health. The walking movement intersects with issues economics, housing, equity, climate change, and more. Read the article here. 

June 16, 2017- America Walks Hosts Alabama State Workshop
More than 45 state agency staff, representatives of statewide non-profit organizations, and local officials attended our June 16th Alabama State Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Communities. Read more about their experience here.

June 15, 2017- America Walks and NCHPAD Announce Grant Awards
America Walks and NCHPAD today announced the awards for their new Designing for Inclusive Health Micro Grants which look to create healthy, active, and engaged communities for all members. Read about the grantees here. 

June 14, 2017- America Walks Explores Ways to Track and Measure the Walking Movement
America Walks hosted a webinar on “Tracking the Walking Path: Tools and Programs to Measure Walking and Walkability.” Learn about some of the resources available to measure walkability in your community by watching the recording of the webinar here. 

June 8, 2017- Walking Toward Equity
America Walks posted to Salud Today’s blog on the connection between walkable communities and equity. Every community member deserves safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be active. Read the post here.

June 2, 2017- On the Sustainable Path
America Walks believes climate change is one of the greatest challenges currently facing the world and one that, if we do not take action now, will have dire consequences for future generations. Read our statement here. 

June 1, 2017- America Walks Releases New Case Studies
Ever wonder happens when Walking College Fellows leave the classroom? America Walks is excited to release four case studies that look at what several past Fellows are up to in their communities. Learn more and read the case studies here. 

 

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