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Wellness Bulletin September 28, 2015
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September 28, 2015

Happy Monday,

Fall is in full swing and a new month is almost upon us! Since October in only a few days away, the Wellness Initiative is highlighting the International Walk or Bike to School Day taking place next Wednesday, October 7th.

Walk to School Day was organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America beginning in 1997. First established as a one-day event focusing on building awareness for the need for walkable communities. The event was recognized internationally in 2000 when the UK, Canada and USA combined their efforts and created the first International Walk to School Day.

My current blog discuss the benefits of Walk to School Day in connection with last month’s Call-to-Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled “Step it Up," released by the United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy. The “Step it Up” movement is focused on inspiring communities across the nation to become more active through a variety of activities, specifically walking. This information is an awesome source to share in your community to inspire them to take advantage and participate in the Walk to School Day! More information on the benefits of walking and increasing physical activity can be found on the Surgeon General’s homepage. Remember to promote this information by using social media, such as: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please read my blog for more information.

One last note, our next webinar will take place on Thursday, October 8th, at1:00pm. Derek Dunn and Sharon Williams, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting. The topic will focus on creating a more inclusive outdoor recreation environment for persons with disabilities. It is important to offer equal opportunities for everyone, and as practitioners, part of our tasks is creating the ultimate recreation experience. Please click the following link to register:

If you are participating on Walk to School day or have a program that aligns with the events goals we want to know! Email us your ideas or submit them on thewellnesssite here: (,


Colleen Dougherty
Graduate Assistant,NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC27605

North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27506


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