Walkable Communities Are Healthy Communities (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)
This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here.
Walkable communities work to promote healthy communities in a variety of ways. The benefits of walkable places to physical and mental health are well-documented and should be afforded everyone. Walkable communities also provide opportunities for strengthening community engagement.
This section will:
- Provide talking points and messaging tools to talk about how the health benefits that come from walking communities help to also foster equitable communities
- Share examples of how activities and resources to promote community health through walkability efforts can have a positive impact on social justice concerns
- Offer existing tools and resources that can be used in the efforts to promote healthy communities in the frame of creating equitable communities
- Demonstrate how healthy communities are equitable communities
Social Justice Toolkit Resources
The resources below were created by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative in support of this Toolkit. To provide feedback on these resources, please click here.
The resources below are existing resources that relate to the work discussed in this section. To submit a resource to be included in this section, please click here.
- How Walkable Communities Are Good for Us: Article discussing relationship of obesity epidemic, community/street design, and walkability.
- Step It Up! Surgeon General’s Call on Walking and Walkable Communities:Executive Summary of Surgeon General’s “Step It Up” call to action for walking and walkability.
- Community Health Inclusion Index:Describes how to use the Community Health Inclusion Index for including people with disabilities in the assessment, design, and evaluation of building inclusive healthy communities for walking and physical activity.
- Case Study: GirlTrek Is Inspiring Healthy Black Womanhood, One Step at a Time: Article in national magazine about a partner organization that is promoting and encouraging walking among Black women to improve health and build community. Highlighted is “MAMAthon”, an annual walking event in May to honor Black mothers.
- Health Benefits of Walking: Fact sheet on the many health benefits that come from walking and walkable communities.
- Health Equity and Prevention Resources: A fairly comprehensive resource with modules and links that address factors that influence health equity asi it relates to preventive measures and practices.
- Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity: In February 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in which speakers shared strategies for individuals, organizations, and communities to advance racial and health equity. This publication serves as a factual summary of the presentations and discussions from the workshop.