The biggest principle for fitness is “Use it or lose it,” but research has shown that older adults tend to focus on positivity more than younger adults…so perhaps for this age group, it’s best to say, “Use it and keep going strong!”
With lots of attention being paid these days to how trail systems encourage healthy communities, there is a lot of buzz around Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois' St. Louis Metro Area. The reason for the buzz? The Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD), which since 2000 has helped build hundreds of miles of dedicated bike facilities and sparked a surge in active transportation. Keen to learn how they do it, RTC grabbed a couple of minutes with its executive director, Mike Buehlhorn.
It's a concept that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and our partners in the public health field believe could revolutionize health care - adding just 30 minutes of walking or riding a day as a simple and inexpensive preventive treatment.
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.
The next big health care breakthrough - which could cut rates of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and Alzheimer's by at least 40 percent and save Americans $100 billion a year - comes from a place you'd least expect. On your block. At the park. Everywhere.
As part of National Public Health Week, we're calling on our partners to help Surgeon General Regina Benjamin develop her Call to Action on Walkability—an effort to improve walkability and increase walking in our communities.
March 30 is Opening Day for Trails, and April 1 is the start of National Public Health Week. The convergence of these two events is no coincidence - while people may think of them as pathways for transportation and recreation, trails are now widely acknowledged to be one of our most effective, inexpensive and proactive public health interventions.
We are all familiar with the traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday - the food, football on TV, catching up with friends, and the leftovers, of course. But it is great to see energetic Americans starting new traditions, creating their own Thanksgiving rituals that add to the spirit of togetherness that the holiday is all about.
For people who live in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail is a part of everyday life. Later this year, the W&OD will be the guest of honor at the second annual Dominion Trail Mix, a great community party hosted by the good folks at the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
Covering a spectacular triangle loop of rail-trails west of Chicago, GITy Up! is purposefully designed for those who haven't done many long rides before but are keen to take the plunge. The route is flat and largely car-free, and there will be plenty of mechanical and gear support on-hand.