New Webinar: Walking Together: The What, Why, and How of Walking Organizations (February 14, 2018)


Webinar Title: Walking Together: The What, Why, and How of Walking Organizations

Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday February 14th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

Walking programs are a great way to improve individual health, strengthen relationships, and explore new parts of your community. One of our biggest requests at America Walks is how to get a walking program or organization started and what resources are available to do. We gathered some of our friends to share their knowledge on the topic as well as their own experiences in getting people out on the walking path. This webinar is for those just starting out on the walking path as well as our more experienced advocates.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn the first steps of starting a walking program and things to consider as you do so
  • Explore resources available to help start and grow programs
  • Hear insights from experienced walking champions

About the Presenters 

Sindia Avila
is a native of Honduras and has lived in East Harlem over ten years. Since 2015, Sindia has been a Community Health Worker with Harlem Health Advocacy Partners a program within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Center for Health Equity. Sindia provides one on one health coaching on asthma, diabetes and hypertension as well as providing group level wellness activities to residents in five of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments in East and Central Harlem. Sindia is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology.

Phronie Jackson, PhD  Dr. Phronie Jackson, Walk Leader for Walk With a Doc’s Washington, DC Chapter and 2016 American Walks’ Walking College Fellow, she is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of the District where she teaches undergraduate students in Public Health and Psychology and serves as the evaluator for the University’s MSI/CBO SAMSHA grant. Dr. Jackson received her Doctorate in Public Health degree from Walden University in November 2016 and was selected as the 2017 Social Change Research Fellow. Dr. Jackson has over 10 years’ experience in Public Health practice including, developing and implementing public health interventions, working as a Community Health Outreach Manager at the largest hospital system in Washington, DC, and as a Program Director of a 5 year national HIV/AIDS Prevention grant foundered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research interests include addressing health equity and health disparities by utilizing dissemination and implementation, comparative effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes and community based participatory research methods.  She believes her most important and impactful roles are those of a mentor, mother of three, and wife for 24 years.

Michele Stanten Michele, a walking coach and ACE-certified fitness instructor, is the author of Walk Your Way to Better Health and Walk Off Weight. She is the creator of and numerous audio and online walking workouts.

As the former Fitness Director of Prevention magazine, she created a marathon walking program and coached thousands of readers to walk full and half marathons across the country. She has also created training programs for leading brands and organizations including Avon and the American Council on Exercise. Michele has walked many distance events including a 3-day 60-mile charity walk, full marathon, and many half marathons. She also works with events to make them walker-friendly.

Michele has been a member of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative since its inception and serves on the coordinating committee.

In addition to coaching clients, Michele has also presented walking workshops at the Walking Summit and the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Summit. She is a past member of the American Council on Exercise’s Board of Directors

Kristina Walker Kristina is the Executive Director of Downtown On the Go (DOTG), downtown Tacoma, Washington’s transportation management association. Walker has led the organization since 2011 and in 2014, DOTG grew from a small program to an independent organization in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the City of Tacoma, and Pierce Transit.

Walker serves the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction Board and PSRC’s Transportation Demand Management Steering Committee. She is a UW Tacoma Urban Studies board member and a former City of Tacoma’s Transportation Commissioner.

Walker firmly believes that downtown Tacoma’s economic vitality, environmental and personal health, and community well-being all lie in transportation options. Her preferred commute mode is her bike.