February 2016

February 29, 2016- America Walks Talks Healthy, Active and Focused Kids
The following is a post submitted by America Walks and published in NEA’s Healthy Futures Blog.  Walking as a physical activity helps increase a child’s ability to learn. Safe, accessible, walkable communities help encourage this as well as strengthen schools and communities. Communities without safe walkable conditions can have the exact opposite outcome.

February 25. 2016- America Walks Receives Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative is excited to announce that they have received a $200,000.00 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support their work in making walking and walkable communities a national priority. These funds will be used to further the work being done to expand the walking movement to be more inclusive of vulnerable families and help America Walks to continue its work to expand safe, accessible and enjoyable walkable communities for every individual.

February 24, 2016- The New Federal Transportation Webinar Held February 24
America Walks, Rails to Trails Conservancy and LOCUS hosted a free joint webinar “The New Federal Transportation Bill: What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?” on February 24 at 2pm Eastern. The webinar examined the FAST Act legislation passed in December 2015 and discussed ways that traditional and new programs in the legislation can be used by advocates and organizations as they work on active transportation projects at the local, state and regional level. Watch a recording of the webinar here. 

February 24, 2016- New Webinar on Crowdsourcing Walking Projects
Looking to increase resident engagement in your work? Need cash quickly for an urgent project? Trying to build an individual donor base to take your nonprofit to the next level? Curious about crowdfunding?Join us for a webinar on March 24th with the crowdfunding nonprofit ioby to learn more about how crowdfunding can be both an effective fundraising and community-engagement tool for walkable community advocates.

February 22, 2016- America Walks Post Published in State Public Health Newsletter
America Walks submitted a post to New Jersey Public Health Association’s Spring 2016 Newsletter. “Walking Keeps America on a Healthy Path” speaks to the many benefits of walking and can be read here. The full newsletter can be viewed here.

February 16, 2016- Exploring Tactical Urbanism Webinar to Be Held March 8
Walkable communities are safe, healthy and vibrant communities. America Walks is excited to offer a webinar that explores how the idea of tactical urbanism is instrumental in creating communities that promote enjoyable and accessible physical activity. Join us as we speak with two leading experts in tactical urbanism on this idea and how it is informing their work in local communities. Register Here

February 15, 2016- Connecting the Dots with Region I Recap
America Walks was excited to continue our work with the Regional Offices of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies to Step It Up! and promote walking in their communities. We hosted Region I for a dynamic conversation on how to improve coordination in their region.

February 11, 2016- Kentucky “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” Webinar Held February 11
America Walks’ Tools for the Field webinar series continued by showcasing Kentucky’s “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” training and implementation program. You can watch a recording and download the presentations here.

February 8, 2016- America Walks Presents at 2016 Active Living Research Conference
Last week at the 2016 Active Living Research Conference, America Walks had the opportunity to present a poster on the evaluation of the first year of the Walking College. Our poster, titled “Creating the human capital to make policy change happen: an evaluation of the America Walks Walking College,” was one of 97 posters accepted to be presented in a special session at the conference. View the poster here.