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Walking and Walkability

To create a healthier nation, we must promote the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Active living can help set people on the right course; regular physical activity helps people of all ages protect and improve their health. Walking is currently the most commonly reported form of physical activity among U.S. adults. Walking is a simple form of physical activity that can be done almost anywhere. Encouraging Americans to add walking to their daily routine has enormous long term health benefits and can help reach the physical activity goals outlined in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines

Surgeon General’s Every Body Walk! Initiative

To explore the roles of walking and walkable communities as effective strategies to increase active living, members of the public had the opportunity to inform a Surgeon General’s call to action to support and promote walking and walkable communities. Input was collected until May 1, 2013 through a Federal Register Notice, Walking as a Way for Americans to Get the Recommended Amount of Physical Activity for Health (PDF - 203 KB).

Resources

Walking and Active Living   

Learn more about the benefits of active living and walking with the National Prevention Strategy Fact Sheet on Active Living (PDF – 492 KB) and the CDC Vital Signs report on Walking Among Adults.

Walkable Communities

Get more information and resources on walkable communities from our partner, America Walks Site exit disclaimer and learn more about the Every Body Walk! Collaborative.Site exit disclaimer