More Americans are walking today than in 2005, and experts believe the increase is due to community-based walk to school and active living initiatives.
So how do we keep the momentum going?
On Oct. 2 — the eve of International Walk to School Day — PreventObesity.net will host a webinar studying the August 2012 Vital Signs Report, a publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that looks at walking trends and offers strategies to encourage more people to walk regularly. The percentage of people who reported that they walked at least once for 10 minutes or more in a week rose from 56 percent in 2005 to 62 percent in 2010, according to the CDC report.
Robert Ping from Safe Routes to School National Partnership will moderate the webinar. Dr. Joan Dorn, chief of the physical activity and health branch in the division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the CDC will be featured as a speaker. Two additional panelists from Iowa and Montana will discuss the experiences their organizations have had encouraging walking in their communities.
The free, hour-long webinar is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 2. Webinar attendees can also take part on Twitter by using the hashtag #WalkForHealth.
Click here to register.