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Trails and Health Programs from Federal and State Agencies

A wide range of initiatives, resources, and grants are available from agencies and organizations.

photo: Urban trail in Indianapolis encourages family activity

Urban trail in Indianapolis encourages family activity (photo by Stuart Macdonald)


Active Living by Design encourages changes in design, transportation, and policies to cultivate and support active living:

America on the Move is designed to get millions of people to wear step counters and walk an additional 2,000 steps (about 1 mile) a day or cut out 100 calories with help from business and agency partners.

Secretary Norton promotes Get Fit opportunities with designation of 27 new National Recreation Trails

KidsWalk-to-School from CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program is a community-based program to increase daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school

International Walk to School Week gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a difference of 100 calories of exercise per person per day, the equivalent of 20 minutes of walking, could eliminate the obesity epidemic we are now experiencing."

- Michael P. O'Donnell, Editor, American Journal of Health Promotion (2003)

National Park Service Rivers & Trails Program provides assistance for Healthy Communities: Trails and Greenways Promote Physical Activity, 2001 (pdf 56 kb)

The President's Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives.

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports:

Safe Routes to School funding will help with kids' health

Shape Up America! is a high profile national initiative to promote healthy weight and increased physical activity in America:

Steps to a HealthierUS is part of the President's HealthierUS Initiative to promote partnerships, conduct research, create education programs, and promote physical activity for increased public health:

Healthy Fed Initiative is new addition to HealthierUS:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors a number of programs:

The National Association of Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports works to promote physical activity and leads worksite activity initiatives:

A Report of the Surgeon General: Physical Activity and Health: The Link Between Physical Activity and Morbidity and Mortality (pdf 156 kb)

Trails for a Healthy Maine Bond would raise $10 million to accelerate trail construction

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