Walking in America – Working with Communities to Promote Walking


Walking in America – Working with Communities to Promote Walking

August 2012

America Walks received funding and support from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase walking and walkability of local communities. Simply put, this program will help build the effectiveness of organizations, individuals and businesses in implementing projects and campaigns that further walkability

The program is funded through June 2013 to conduct the following services:

Community Workshops and Support Services

  • Half-day introductory workshops – to catalyze and enhance individual and community-based efforts to increase walking and walkability by connecting local leaders and community members with the talents and expertise of America Walks. Request a workshop for your community or group. Request a workshop for your community or group here.
  • 1.5-day workshops – a refined and customized community-based planning workshop that will result in a refined strategic action-plan for one or multiple initiatives and campaigns to increase walking and improve walkability. Request a workshop for your community or group here.
  • Help Line – on-demand technical and strategy support service for communities or organizations that complete, or are planning to host, an America Walks-sponsored community workshop.
  • Communities that complete the workshops will be coached in completing the Walk Friendly Community program application and assessment tool.

National Technical Assistance Center

  • Steps to a Walkable Community – a guide for citizens, planners, and engineers, a “first stop shopping” guide for choosing successful walking initiatives, is now available for FREE download at our partner Sam Schwartz Engineering’s website.
  • Steps Website – the Steps to a Walkable Community guide will be translated into a searchable website that will be regularly updated with the newest walking success stories. Expected release date: October 30, 2012

Support Services

To learn more about our Walking in America program and get involved, contact info@americawalks.org.

More about the CDC:

The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) leads strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition. DNPAO is working to implement policy and environmental strategies to make healthy eating and active living accessible and affordable for everyone.

The CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors. We are especially committed to safeguarding the health of populations that are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental hazards – children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.