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Importance of Walking for Health Gets Support From New U.S. National Physical Activity PlanA revised National Physical Activity Plan was released in April 2016 to replace the original plan set forth in 2010. With recommendations at the national, state, local, and institutional levels, the plan focuses on strategies for increasing the types and amounts of physical activity as recommended by current public health guidelines.
Across the nine societal sectors outlined in the plan—including business, public health, education, faith-based, and community recreation—an alliance of private and nonprofit partners is tasked with launching physical activity campaigns and promoting evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity among other directives. One common theme is to get people walking because it is a low-cost, nonintimidating form of physical activity that is appropriate for most people.
Campaigns such as Every Body Walk! and America Walks offer resources, articles, videos, directories of partner organizations, and many other tools that can help individuals, groups, and businesses to implement walking programs and related initiatives. Here are some ideas to encourage walking.
- Get your workplace involved in moving more with resources from Kaiser Permanente; view or download at businesshealth.kaiserpermanente.org.
- Create a community or individual walking program with help from the American Council on Exercise and their free downloadable toolkit at www.actfitness.org/advocacy.
- Share the many benefits of walking, as described at americawalks.org/learning-center/benefits-of-walking.
- Find technical resources to encourage safe and enjoyable walking at americawalks.org/learning-center/technical-resources.
American Council on Exercise. Walk this way! A guide for developing community and individual walking programs. 2016. https://www.acefitness.org/advocacy/pdf/Walking_Toolkit_Community.pdf.
America Walks. Benefits of walking. 2016. http://americawalks.org/learning-center/benefits-of-walking-2.
America Walks. Technical resources. 2016. http://americawalks.org/learning-center/technical-resources.
Blair, S.N., Dunn, A.L., Marcus, B.H., Carpenter, R.A, and Jaret, P. 2011. Active living every day (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Kaiser Permanente. Resource Center. 2016. https://businesshealth.kaiserpermanente.org/thrive/resource-center?topic=exercise.
National Physical Activity Plan. 2016. http://physicalactivityplan.org/docs/2016NPAP_Finalforwebsite.pdf.
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