Are you interested in supporting walking initiatives in your community? If so, you don’t want to miss this opportunity! Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina is sponsoring their Move More, Walk Now workshop in Cary, NC on September 20th from 9:30 - 3:30. This wellness blog will detail the workshop and provide registration information.
Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina is “a statewide movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever people live, learn, earn, play and pray.” To support their mission of “Reversing the rising tide of obesity and chronic disease among North Carolinians by helping them to eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight,” the organization offers educational opportunities to the community, such as the upcoming Move More, Walk Now workshop.
The Move More, Walk Now workshop is geared towards “anyone interested in learning more
about supporting walking efforts in their community.” This most definitely includes recreation and park professionals like yourself.
The workshop will be facilitated by Mark Fenton, who spoke at our 2012 conference. Fenton is “a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant and former host of the America’s Walking series on PBS television.”
Move More, Walk Now has been described as an interactive workshop. Attendees will have the chance to participate in a neighborhood walkability audit. A walkability audit is a participatory walk guided by trained facilitators, in which participants will look for fundamental environmental elements that encourage and discourage active lifestyles. The general purpose of an audit is to identify concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists related to the safety, access, comfort, and convenience of the environment. In addition to identifying problem areas, an audit can be used to identify potential alternatives or solutions.
Additionally, attendees will learn to identify features that encourage biking and wheeling and how “pop-ups” can be used to demonstrate changes that will create more walkable communities.
Interested in attending this workshop? Click this link for the registration form. Since this event is open to any interested people in the state, I would love to see a big representation of recreation and park professionals!
If your agency is not able to pay for your registration fee, financial assistance may be available. Agencies in the following counties are eligible: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, and Wake. Contact Jennifer Delcourt, Active Routes to School Region 5 Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To find out if assistance is available in other counties, visit www.communityclinicalconnections.com/activeroutes to connect with your regional coordinator.
Until next time,