Walking in America: Contribute Your Comments to Surgeon General

Posted 04/22/13 by Kevin Mills in Health and Wellness, Taking Action

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The U.S. Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, says take a hike. We agree. Dr. Benjamin is getting set to issue a Call to Action urging Americans to walk, and is looking for ideas on how to get more Americans walking.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a founding member of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, a partnership of health professionals and transportation and recreation groups which is determined to make it easier and safer for people to more often include walking in their daily lives.

Although the medical community agrees that the simple (and free) act of walking has the power to greatly improve the health of millions of Americans, often the places where we live and work make it difficult, and even dangerous, to choose walking as an option for getting from A to B. A lack of trails, roads without sidewalks, and a dearth of bike and pedestrian connections are all too often forcing people into their cars for even the shortest of trips. This precise scenario is a big reason why we are facing an obesity epidemic that is considered our greatest public health crisis in decades.  

You can help RTC transform this landscape to encourage more walking. Share your ideas on how to make communities safer and easier to walk - the comment period for Dr. Benjamin's initiative closes the morning of April 30. Act now!

RTC has submitted comments to Dr. Benjamin, recommending that she adopt two goals: 1) encourage everyone to walk as part of their daily routines, and 2) advance investments, policies and practices that make communities more walkable. We want to ensure that all people have equal access to safe routes-such as sidewalks and rail-trails-connecting businesses, schools, shops, parks and transit.

This is your opportunity to participate in an important national dialogue about the most universal form of transportation - walking. Your voice is needed to ensure that all of our communities are safe for walking.

Thanks for helping RTC and our partners build a healthier America!

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