A Plan to Promote Active Lifestyles
Learn how to use a collaborative approach to develop a bi-state regional trails plan.
Speakers: Cindy Heath, Special Projects Coordinator, Lebanon Recreation & Parks, Lebanon NH; Russell Hirschler, Executive Director, Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Norwich, VT; Julian A. Reed, Ed.D., MPH, Furman University
Learn how to use a collaborative approach to develop a bi-state regional trails plan. Explore strategies for successful citizen participation, with a focus on underserved populations, how to position trail projects as economic stimulators, and hold to increase community health. Case studies from the RWJ Active Living By Design project, the Upper Valley NH Healthy Eating Active Living project, and Safe Routes To School and Safe Routes To Play will be examined. Also, hear about Michigan’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, designed to increase physical activity among low-income and minority populations and enhance trails to promote these activities.
Promoting physical activity among children and adults is a priority national health objective in the United States. Regular physical activity lowers the risk of chronic diseases and is an important strategy for reversing the obesity epidemic.
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the creation of nature-rich urban environments, including schoolyards with natural play spaces and gardens, can help improve physical and mental health, cognitive skills, creativity, and social bonding.
This Statewide Trails Strategic Plan and the State Trails Program aim to ensure that program direction and efforts are consistent with other cooperators, funders, stakeholders, and ultimately service the expectations and needs of Colorado’s residents and visitors.