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There many resources, presentations, and tools available to help promote trails, make the case for a more active America, and encourage trails activists to become involved in fitness issues.

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Trail are a convenient way for Indianapolis residents to exercise outdoors

The Inactivity Epidemic is a presentation that covers this growing health problem, the effect of community design, and things you can do about it: download the presentation (11 mb) and slide library as a .zip file:

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has many resources on increasing physical activity:

Designing Infrastructure for Active Living Living includes physical activity policy research, community design, obesity trend maps, review of surveys, Active Community Environments, and public support for walking/bicycling improvements:

American Planning Association has a Briefing Paper on How Cities Use Parks to Improve Public Health (pdf 1.2 mb), 2003

Physical Activity and Public Health from Active Living by Design outlines the inactivity problem, current trends, and action

Public Lands for the Public's Health: Could Georgia Use Its Parks for the Public Health?, by Richard A. Goodman and Marc L. Miller, from Environmental Law Institute, March 2003

The American Journal of Health Promotion has articles relevant to trails and outdoor exercise:

A presentation from Shape Up America by Barbara J. Moore: Leveraging Health for Effective Pedestrian Advocacy (pdf 696kb) includes slides of increasing obesity by state in America

The Trust for America's Health has a hard-hitting report on F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America

Tools from The University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center:

  • Environmental Supports for Physical Activity Questionnaire
  • Recreation Facility Evaluation Tool
  • Sidewalk Assessment Tool
  • Evaluating Community Coalition Characteristics and Functioning
  • The Compendium of Physical Activities
  • International Physical Activity Questionnaire
  • Heart Healthy & Ethnically Relevant (HHER) Tools
  • Directory of Reviewed Physical Activity Promotional Materials

HEALTH COMMUNITY: What You Should Know About Trail Building

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